For immediate release–March 8, 2017
Regina – Members of SEIU-West from all across the province joined in solidarity with CUPE, SGEU, many other unions and community members in support of the Rally for Saskatchewan held today on International Women’s Day at the Legislative building in Regina.
“Our members are saying that this government is not listening to the people of Saskatchewan,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “This is our province and we are standing up to show that we will not accept any further sell off of our Crown corporations or cuts to our public services.”
The SaskParty government has been saying for months now that everything is on the table when it comes to reducing government expenditures including considering cuts to public service jobs, unpaid days off for public sector workers and selling off Crown assets including land.
“Their ‘solutions’ are extremely short-sighted,” continued Cape. “A one-time cash infusion will not replace the long-term income coming in from our publicly held corporations like SaskTel; we’ve seen this before with the sale of Potash Corporation.”
Health care workers in particular have already started to feel the pinch. Layoffs and the announcement that there will be just one large health region have created anxiety among workers who are predominantly women.
“Our members were not the ones who created their financial mess and should not be the ones who bear the brunt of the fallout,” added Cape. “To simply attack workers’ livelihoods and not boost actual revenue is petty and small-minded. If everything really is on the table, perhaps the government needs to look at imposing fair taxation on large corporations or deleting those 3 additional MLA’s or conducting a thorough review of bureaucracies like SAHO, 3sHealth and eHealth.”
SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour – purple – and one union – SEIU-West. Purple works in our communities! Visit Purpleworks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West.
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