Saskatchewan workers celebrate the repeal of Bill 40, vow to continue protecting Crown corporations

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 25, 2018

 

Saskatchewan workers celebrate the repeal of Bill 40, vow to continue protecting Crown corporations

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is celebrating a hard-fought victory – the full repeal of Bill 40. Bill 40 was the Sask. Party government’s Crown corporation privatization law. It allowed the government to circumvent voters by selling-off 49% of any Crown without asking Saskatchewan people.

 

“Workers and the SFL fought the Sask. Party government’s Bill 40 from day one,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “we held townhall meetings, small rallies, big rallies, and worked with coalition partners to keep our Crown corporations 100% public for Saskatchewan people,” he added.

 

Recently, the Sask. Party government amended Bill 99 which was originally only a partial repeal of Bill 40. The amendments have the effect of fully repealing Bill 40. This action by the provincial government was the result of pressure applied by the SFL, community organizations like SaskCrowns, and the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party since Bill 40 was originally introduced in 2016.

 

“I would like to thank all the union members and community members across the province that came together in our fight to protect the Crowns. I would also like to thank the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party for their work in the Legislature opposing privatization,” said Hubich, “while Bill 40 is finally dead we will continue our efforts to protect Crowns from all types of privatization, such as contracting out, piecemeal sell-offs, and any attempts to get rid of minor Crowns that don’t fall under protection legislation,” he added.

 

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For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

SFL Strategic Advisor

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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