Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Solidarity with Saskatchewan workers

All Together Now! conference delegates support Saskatchewan workers as they bargain for decent working conditions.


Ottawa (13 July 2011) - Members of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE), at three different workplaces, are in a strike position and are rallying support from across the labour movement.

Members employed by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and the Workers’ Compensation Board have been bargaining for the last year or more without a settlement.

SGEU/NUPGE members working at the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation took strike action in June, only to be threatened by the Wall government a day later if they did not return to work. A renewed tentative collective agreement was reached on June 24. It is awaiting ratification.

As the All Together Now! Champions 4 Change, from across the country, gathered in Halifax in June, they wanted to convey messages of solidarity to the members in Saskatchewan.

Additionally, as a way to rally support for the tough bargaining that is going on across the province,

SGEU/NUPGE launched a public services campaign video entitled, Disappears which highlights the negative repercussions for communities if workers are eliminated.

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