We have received notice from SGI‘s EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer Tamara Erhardt that they would like to meet with us to formally discuss compensation and expense control for 2017/18 and beyond.
They have acknowledged that we have achieved a mutually agreeable collective bargaining agreement that does not expire until December 31, 2017 and stated:
“The reality is Saskatchewan is in the midst of an economic slowdown and the province’s current fiscal situation must be addressed now. As a Saskatchewan Crown Corporation, and as public servants, we must do our part to contain expenses. As such, Saskatchewan Government Insurance is committed to supporting Government in its effort to return the province’s finance to balance, while ensuring transparency and cooperation with you, as our union partner.”
The Premier wants public service workers who provide vital services to the people of this province to pay the price for his government’s mismanagement and wasteful spending. This is wrong. The public employees didn’t cause this deficit. The Wall Government has created the financial troubles our province is in.
We as Public Service Workers raise families in our communities and contribute to our economy. We spend our hard-earned dollars in the community and in the Province of Saskatchewan. The fact that Premier Wall wants public service workers to sacrifice their wages while he continues to mismanage the public finances is simply not acceptable. It is this type of mismanagement that got us into this mess in the first place. We the people of Saskatchewan have seen many examples of the Wall Government mismanaging billions of dollars that could have been used to balance this year’s budget.
Our province had a significant surplus when the Saskatchewan Party took over the public finances. It was Premier Wall and his government that blew the surplus not Public Service Employees, not Unions, not the people of Saskatchewan.
We will be meeting with SGI Management and listening to what they have to say. We will be updating you once we have the facts.
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