Thursday, January 04, 2007

SGEU strike: What about taxpayers?

In the noise of an angry labour dispute between the government and civil servants, the voice of taxpayers is but a whisper. It’s curious that whenever public employees strike we hear endlessly about the complaints, grievances and salary demands of union members but taxpayers are never asked how much they are willing to pay.

In the current dispute between the province and the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) we’ve repeatedly heard the ludicrous salary demands of 27 per cent over three years. The SGEU reportedly reduced their demand to 15 per cent and the government has countered with a nine per cent offer.

The SGEU, which has focused its strike efforts on the province’s prisons, is outraged that the government brought in “replacement workers” to run the jails (hey, why don’t we just throw the doors open and let the criminals run free? We can round them up once the SGEU has their salary demands met). Union members are now blockading roads to provincial jails to ensure no “replacement workers” are entering facilities.

The government huffs and the union puffs while taxpayers sit on the sidelines and wonder what the impact of this will be on their wallets once the smoke clears.

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2 comments:

R.S. Porter said...

What do you expect when Big Labor is in bed with the NDP on Anti-Scab legislation - quite possibly the most disgusting law proposed in the last 50 years.

Anonymous said...

The government and the union don't want financial success in governemnt to be awarded on merit. Most departments are going through "job reclassifications" right now that result in engineers, commerce people and other well educated staff that could (should?) have cut and ran to Alberta getting red circled and the department secretaries getting $5-10/hr raises and packpay.

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