Letter to the Editor: Rollback in wages will benefit no one

I am a Continuing Care Assistant who is concerned with the government’s proposal to roll back our wages by 3.5 per cent. I am a single mom, working full time, and I am living from paycheque to paycheque. This proposal is unaffordable for us. I work hard to provide a comfortable life for my son, and I don’t want to be worried about if he has a meal to eat or if I can pay my bills.

I spoke to my MLA this spring and he assured me that the government would promote fair bargaining practices. I feel this isn’t happening.

We currently face a number of challenges in health care whether it be in home care, long term care or hospital care. All too often we don’t have enough staff to meet increased client, resident or patient needs. A rollback in wages will not help us to recruit more care providers.

I believe that public services should be valued. Public sector workers work hard to meet our needs; we rely upon them. I fear privatization is coming and that it will erode our public services. I urge all members in our community to contact your MLA and let them know that we need to keep public services healthy, and cutting away at services and wages is no way for that to happen.

Deidre Wilson, Moose Jaw (member of SEIU-West)

Published in the Star Phoenix on January 16, 2018

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