SEIU-West President, Barbara Cape, has forwarded the union’s formal submission to the government’s consultation paper on the review of 15 pieces of labour-related legislation, on behalf of approximately 12,000 members.
“We were alarmed that the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety only provided us with 90 days to consider the historical and practical impacts of all of the questions posed in the document; there was a great deal of research and thought put into our reply. We will make every effort to ensure this province continues its pattern of growth embracing the principles of fairness for workers, not at the expense of workers,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West.
The SEIU-West submission, which was guided by the Executive Board members of SEIU-West, who represent a broad cross-section of the membership, calls on the Government of Saskatchewan to maintain The Trade Union Act as an independent statute, protect and improve minimum employment standards, and fix the Essential Services Legislation.
Many SEIU-West members and leaders have already reinforced the submission of other union members or have forwarded their own personal thoughts and concerns to the Minister of Labour and will remain engaged in the labour legislation review process for the upcoming days in advance of the July 31 deadline and throughout the months to follow.
Saskatchewan was one of the first provinces in Canada to pioneer labour legislation which enshrined collective bargaining rights for workers in 1944; we have set the mark for other Canadians when it comes to minimum labour standards when we introduced the three-week vacation under Labour Standards in 1958.
Cape continued, “Let’s be crystal clear, this isn’t about union versus non-union, this is about fair labour laws that don’t exploit any worker.”
SEIU-West is encouraging all working people to take part in the online campaign “Keep Saskatchewan Moving Forward” by visiting their website: www.seiuwest.ca.
SEIU-West represents approximately 12,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.