The union representing cleaning employees at government buildings says 230 workers in 17 communities will be losing their job by the end of June.
The provincial government announced today it was privatizing work at 95 places including the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses, courthouses and the Legislative building itself with a savings of 3 and a half million dollars being achieved.
In a release, the government says six of the 12 firms who will be doing the cleaning are employee-owned companies with all agreeing to hire existing government cleaning employees.
Central Services Minister Christine Tell says those taking over have committed to taking on these employees.
“The committment is there,” says Tell. “They’ve committed to hire current cleaning government employees. It is part of the RFS Request for Services. It’s all spelled out in that request.”
Warren McCall NDP MLA for Regina Elphinstone says the province should be cutting positions of employees higher on the table than those who may be living pay cheque to pay cheque.
“Can you imagine the savings if they got serious about looking at the top of the ledger?” said McCall. “Those people are paid many more times than those workers. And again, this is something they don’t have a mandate for. This is something they didn’t say in the last provincial election.”
SGEU president Bob Bymoen says these job cuts will cost Saskatchewan more in the long run, and asks when will this government take responsibility for mismanaging the province’s finances and propose some fair and effective solutions?”