Hundreds of postcards from around the province were delivered to the Saskatchewan Legislature Thursday, outlining concerns on cuts to the education system.
Jackie Christianson Chairperson of the Education Workers Steering Committee , represents over a thousand CUPE education support workers.
Christianson, an education support worker herself, said the 3.5 per-cent wage roll back to the public sector is potentially devastating for education support workers who make between $22,000 and $28,000 a year.
“Many people are already working two,three or four jobs, I don’t know what this will mean. We choose to work in education for a reason, we love the kids, but it’s going to come to a point where you can’t afford to stay in education anymore and what will that mean for the children,” Christianson told reporters at the Saskatchewan Legislature on Thursday.
Christianson says with many classrooms exceeding 30 students education support workers are more vital than ever before.
Don Morgan Minister of Education said they hear CUPE’s concerns but do not want to get into any negotiating outside of the bargaining table.
“The workers that we have in the public sector are some of the back-bone of the province and we thank them for their service and the good work that they do, we’ll work through the issues that we have. However negotiations properly belong at the bargaining table, I certainly appreciate the angst that it causes in people in the run up to the process,” Morgan said.
Carla Beck NDP Education Critic said she is not surprised with the postcard delivery on Thursday.
“The message that was sent by the CUPE support workers and education today is exactly the same message that we’ve been hearing around the province. Since transformational change was first introduced there has been a lot of concern on what that is going to mean,” Beck said.