Ideological Throne Speech Misses the Mark on Jobs

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 17, 2016

 

IDEOLOGICAL THRONE SPEECH MISSES THE MARK ON JOBS

 

Saskatchewan people are left wondering what the Sask. Party government’s plans are for creating jobs following a lackluster Speech from the Throne.

 

“Instead of investing in sustainable industries to create green jobs in a slowing economy, the Sask. Party announced big plans to sell-off public assets in an attempt to deal with the huge deficit they racked up,” said Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), “we know these kinds of privatization schemes always end up costing good Saskatchewan jobs, and ultimately taxpayers will be on the hook,” he added.

 

In addition to no plans for creating jobs and no plans to invest in Saskatchewan’s slowing economy, the Sask. Party’s Throne Speech means the loss of good jobs – many in rural communities – through the irresponsible privatization of 40 liquor stores currently owned by Saskatchewan people.

 

“We are concerned about the Sask. Party’s suggestion of further privatization measures, in particular the premier’s musings about SaskTel’s competitiveness, and the Throne Speech reference to ‘transformational change’ to public services,” said Hubich, “given their poor record on protecting public services it is likely that the Sask. Party’s ‘transformation change’ really means the old, failed ideology of more privatization, more cuts to health and education, and more sell-offs – all of which won’t create a single job or get Saskatchewan growing again,” he added.

 

Families in Saskatchewan want to know what the Sask. Party’s plan is to properly invest in publicly-owned and publicly-delivered healthcare and education – after today’s Throne Speech they are still left wondering. Workers who have already received layoff notices – or are at risk of being laid-off – want to know what the plan is to get them working again, and why the Sask. Party isn’t investing in sustainable industries to create green jobs.

 

Everyone in the province is impacted in some way by the slowing economy. People are concerned not just about their jobs now, but also in the future and what their retirement might look like. People that hoped the Sask. Party would get on board with plans to expand the Canada Pension Plan were left disappointed today.

 

“Hopefully the provincial budget will include plans to create good jobs for Saskatchewan, grow our economy, and invest in public services,” said Hubich, “however given the old, tired mantra we heard today in the Throne Speech I am not very optimistic about that,” he added.

 

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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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