Time for New West Partners to Harmonize the Minimum Wage




June 12, 2015




The provincial government’s recent announcement that it will adjust the minimum wage by 30 cents is inadequate, and violates the spirit of the New West Partnership (NWP).


When the Sask. Party government signed the New West Partnership with British Columbia and Alberta in 2010, it did so with the justification that the three provinces need to harmonize regulations and policies.


“Alberta premier, Rachel Notley, has committed to phasing-in a $15 per hour minimum wage,” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president Larry Hubich, “it is time for the Sask. Party government to abide by the spirit of the New West Partnership and commit to doing the same,” he added.


Working people across the country have been advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage, and the SFL does not want to see Saskatchewan lose its competitive edge by falling behind.


“The New West Partnership does not have to be a race to the bottom with regards to policies and regulations,” said Hubich, “it can instead be used as a positive process to better the lives of working people across the three signatory provinces,” he added.


The SFL supports a living wage, starting with a rapid phase-in to $15 per hour.


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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.


For additional information, contact:


Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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