Forced Unpaid Days off Unfairly Blames Workers for the Government's own Mess

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 15, 2017

 

FORCED UNPAID DAYS OFF UNFAIRLY BLAMES WORKERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S OWN MESS

 

Today’s suggestion by Saskatchewan’s Finance Minister, Kevin Doherty, that public sector workers should be forced to take unpaid days off has the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) extremely concerned.

 

“It’s clear the government has had a knee jerk reaction with regards to this ill-conceived idea of forced unpaid days off,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “that kind of decision-making does not create good public policy. I encourage the finance minister to consider other deficit-reducing alternatives, such as: scrapping the $2 billion privatized bypass around Regina, stop giving away our liquor stores, completely eliminate LEAN, and cease all costly privatization schemes this government has been duped into,” he added.

 

Unfair measures like this are an attempt to blame workers for the government’s own mismanagement.

 

“The government caused this $1.2 billion deficit – not Saskatchewan’s workers. Forcing an unpaid day off per month is roughly a 5 per cent wage rollback,” said Hubich, “wage reductions, forced unpaid days off, and layoffs will do nothing to stimulate our economy or create the stability this province needs,” he added.

 

To combat cuts and the privatization of Crowns, the SFL is inviting everyone to a Rally for Saskatchewan taking place Wednesday, March 8th at the Legislature at noon. Folks are also invited to attend town halls on stopping cuts and privatization:

 

 

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For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

SFL Strategic Advisor

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855
e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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