Tuesday, June 14, 2005

SK: Here we go again

The province's 0-1-1 wage mandate has been torn up, stepped on, and set on fire.

A wage increase the government granted to Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU) members last week, after members had already signed a contract that followed the New Democratic Party's 0-1-1 guidelines, signals the government is no longer sticking to their mandate for public sector employees, Driol said.

"The SGEU re-negotiation and settlement proved that the government does have sufficient funds to treat the public-sector employees fairly, and the members of health sciences deserve a fair contract as well," he said.

The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), which bargains with health-care workers on behalf of the province's health regions, confirmed the government is no longer asking them to stick to the 0-1-1 mandate.

"(The province) has informed us that we have some flexibility," SAHO spokesperson Tonya Duffy said Monday. "Last week we did call HSAS and let them know that we do have some flexibility now and that we do want to get back to the table and start talking again."

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