Friday, June 10, 2005

SK: Province gives 'crats a raise

A year or so back, the province announced a 0-1-1 wage mandate for all civil servants as an austerity measure. The first big union, Saskatchewan Government Employees Union came up for a new contract for zero, one and one. At first blush, this seemed like a great deal for taxpayers. For the last decade or so we've seen public sector wages rise much faster than inflation, and now it appeared the government was willing to hold the line for three years.

Of course, it was too good to be true. The government kept the deal with SGEU secret from the public. After some public pressure, they finally came clean with the fact that there was a "light at the end of the tunnel" clause, but never said exactly what that was.

Well, we're at the end of the tunnel now, and the "light" is being shed on SGEU in the form of a 3 per cent pay hike for all employees who are the top of the pay scale (85 per cent of employees qualify, which is a story for another day -- why are 85 per cent of civil servatns at the top of the payscale? Do they do any succession planning? Have they considered offering some retirement packages?)

The justification for the hikes is the fact that oil and gas revenues are very high for the province. So the province is giving civil servants a raise that will remain forever, with money that is only temporary.

1 comment:

Junker said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention, wouldn't have found out anywhere else.

My provincial tax dollars at work. And what service I've had the pleasure to recieve from these government workers.

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