Sask. Party Government Flip-flops on Who is Essential, Jeopardizes Public Safety

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 2, 2016

 

SASK. PARTY GOVERNMENT FLIP-FLOPS ON WHO IS ESSENTIAL, JEOPARDIZES PUBLIC SAFETY  

 

In an effort to make up for its mismanagement of public funds, the Sask. Party government has cut frontline staff in the Ministry of Justice, which will jeopardize the safety and security of the public.

 

“How can the Sask. Party government justify laying-off fourteen Deputy Sheriffs in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, and Weyburn, when just a couple years ago the same Sask. Party government declared those workers ‘essential’ under their unconstitutional Public Service Essential Services Act?” said Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL).

 

Deputy Sheriff duties include screening people entering a courthouse, operating detention areas, escorting prisoners inside the courthouse, providing security inside the courtroom, and transporting prisoners by vehicle.

 

“These workers carry out potentially dangerous tasks, including the responsibility to intervene in situations where lethal force is required to protect life,” said Hubich, “so what is the government’s plan now? Replace those professional Deputy Sheriffs with privatized security services by companies that bankroll the Sask. Party?” said Hubich.

 

These cuts to frontline workers are a direct result of the Sask. Party government’s complete inability to get control of the province’s dire budget situation, and spiraling economy.

 

“The public is paying the price for the Sask. Party government’s incompetence and waste, such as the Global Transportation Hub scandal, a $2 billion privatized bypass around Regina, and $40 million spent on one lean consultant from the States,” said Hubich.

 

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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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