Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union Pans Wall's Idea of Wage Cuts, Layoffs to Deal with Saskatchewan Deficit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union Pans Wall's Idea of Wage Cuts, Layoffs to Deal with Saskatchewan Deficit

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Union pans premier's talk of wage rollbacks

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REGINA - The leader of a union that represents health-care and education workers says wage rollbacks and layoffs will not cure Saskatchewan's ailing economy.

In media interviews Premier Brad Wall has suggested that public sector workers may be be asked to take less to help tackle the province's $1 billion deficit.

Barbara Cape, president of SEIU-West, says Wall's comments show a lack of good faith and deflect responsibility away from the government's performance in managing the province.

She says the union's 13,000 members didn't benefit from the economic boom and shouldn't be asked to make up the government's budget shortfall.

The union's members include people who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. …

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