Striking SaskTel employees looking to send a message by closing provinces two call centres

If you need to call SaskTel for something on Monday, you might not have any luck.

Striking workers formed a perimeter around the company’s call centre on Henderson Drive in Regina Monday morning preventing managers from entering the building and filling in, meaning for the time being the centre is not in operation.

Chris MacDonald, the Assistant to the President of Unifor said it’s all about showing people it will not be business as usual while the strike is on-going.

“Managers on mass have been coming into our call centre,taking calls and doing the work of our members,” MacDonald said. “They’ve been shipping work out to contractors who then go out and do the job of our technicians, so we’re here to send a strong message that these call centres should not be operational and the people who work here are on strike,” MacDonal said.

Unifor members lock arms this morning in Regina to close the SaskTel call centre. Managers unable (and mostly unwilling) to cross. #skpoli #skoutage pic.twitter.com/W93GOfs08G

— Unifor Canada (@UniforTheUnion) October 7, 2019

Crown Corporation workers represented by Unifor walked off the job Friday with wages being the main sticking point.

The union wants two percent wage hikes this year and in the next two years.   The government has reportedly offered two years with no pay increase followed by a one-percent raise in the third year of a deal with workers then getting one or two years of two percent raises depending on the table.

Unifor has also indicated no one will be going to work at the Poplar River power station in Coronach on Monday because all entrances to the facility are blocked by striking workers.

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