The announcement from Premier Brad Wall on Tuesday that he wants to cut public sector compensation by three and a half percent is not going over well.
SGEU president Bob Bymoen says this attempt to force a pay cut on public sector workers while in the midst of bargaining demonstrates a lack of respect for the bargaining process.
In a release, Bymoen says the government is using the deficit as an excuse to attack public services and the employees who provide them, and that they have been painting our members as the problem for months, without putting forward any other concrete ideas to deal with the deficit.”
The same message is basically coming from CUPE.
Saskatchewan President Tom Graham says we are facing a budget deficit today because of this government’s reckless decisions. They have sold off or given away sources of revenue, buried us in expensive P3 and Lean contracts, and now the only solution they have for a situation they created is to punish frontline workers.
He adds the 3.5 percent pay cut is a significant loss in wages for those already trying to make ends meet and this will have dire consequences for Saskatchewan families and the economy as a whole,
The statements come a day before unions are scheduled to rally at the provincial legislature with members from across the province expected to be in attendance.