Swift Current will be the eighth stop on the nine community Your Work Your Say tour hosted by the opposition Saskatchewan NDP.
The Sept. 25 meeting is one of a series of town-hall consultations hosted by the NDP to directly receive input from Saskatchewan residents regarding the provincial government's review of current labour legislation in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Party had a 90 day consultation period asking for submissions regarding labour legislation renewal, but held no public meetings.
The NDP's consultation tour will conduct their final three meetings this coming week, and they are encouraged by the feedback during the first series of meetings.
“Working families and local businesses want to talk about the Sask. Party’s planned overhaul of workplace and employment laws,” said NDP Labour Critic and Saskatoon Centre MLA David Forbes. “People are coming to meetings to tell us what they’re concerned about. We’re listening – and we think it’s important that the Sask. Party makes time to really hear the ideas and concerns that everyday families have talked to us about.”
Forbes said that there is a theme of uncertainty over the first five public forums.
“What we’re hearing is that the balance between employers and employees is critical to the economy, and that neither employers nor employees want to risk that balance,” said Forbes. “People are asking if they will lose their overtime pay or their union. Business owners are concerned that Saskatchewan is looking less attractive to working people with the Sask. Party’s lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage and the potential for more rollbacks to rights.”
Data from the province wide discussions will be compiled and handed by the NDP to the Sask. Party government in October.
The Sask Party points out the labour legislation review is intended to restructure and reorganize the existing legislation, eliminate inconsistencies, clarify legislative applications and modernize legislation to reflect today's changing work environment.