June 29, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Saskatoon, Canada – Members of several Canadian unions presented the provincial government with a “Cold Heart Award” June 22 to protest its “heartless cuts” in social programs, privatization of public services, and tax breaks for large out-of-province corporations.
“The people of the province elect our governments in order to build a community and build a province for everybody,” Service Employees International Union-West President Barbara Cape said. “When they sell off our public services, that’s not doing anybody in this province any benefit.” The march drew more than 100 people in pouring rain, including members of the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and SEIU-West members who arrived bearing a large placard depicting a heart dripping with icicles. SGEU President Bob Bymoen told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix that more than 200 members of the union would lose their jobs within a week because of the provincial government’s decision to privatize its cleaning services—based on projected savings he called “an outright lie.” Read more
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