Media Release: Hope is Essential

For Immediate Release – November 28, 2012

Regina – A representative of SEIU-West will be present at the Court of Appeal hearings, which began on November 27, 2012. The appeal, brought by the Provincial Government, is in response to the decision of Justice Ball, delivered on February 6, 2012, which found The Public Service Essential Services Act to be unconstitutional.

As an intervenor party, SEIU-West will defend the decision of Justice Ball with a view to protecting the fundamental rights of all union members to enjoy their freedom of association including access to good faith collective bargaining.

“We need to restore good faith collective bargaining and the only way to accomplish this is to fix the essential services law,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We have and will continue to extend ourselves to work with this government to get that done. We are hopeful that the Court of Appeal will affirm the decision of Justice Ball and that this will move the government in a positive direction”.

As stated on numerous occasions, members of SEIU-West are not opposed to the provision of essential services, the issue is that this particular law is flawed and needs to be fair and balanced.

“Our members’ experience at healthcare sector bargaining tables under The Public Service Essential Services Act has included delay tactics, expensive public relations campaigns launched by organizations such SAHO (Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations), and inferior contract offers peppered with rollbacks,” continued Cape. “This sort of negative behavior undermines a positive process that gives stability and strength to the healthcare system and the staff who want to focus on providing quality services to the public”.

SEIU-West represents more than twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes, and allied sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 2250


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Media Release: Hope is Essential

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