REGINA, Oct. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - By tabling Bill 40, Premier Brad Wall has officially announced his government intends to break an election promise and privatize key Saskatchewan Crown corporations, says Unifor.
"Bill 40 has one goal: to make it easier to sell off nearly half of Saskatchewan's Crown corporations," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. "Brad Wall does not have a mandate to privatize any fraction of our Crown corporations."
The Sask Party has a long record of privatization, which includes: Heritage Gas, Navigata, and DirectWest Canada. Over the last two terms, Brad Wall has also privatized portions of SaskTel via contracting out, including Operator Services, Max Television Service Installations, and Satellite High Speed Internet Service.
"Brad Wall is choosing the path to privatization that has failed so badly for Manitobans," said Warnock, referring to the share sell-off of the Manitoba Telephone Service (MTS) in the 1990s. Compared to Saskatchewan, Manitobans pay higher phone bills today and the Manitoba government received less than 0.08% of the revenue that SaskTel generates for Saskatchewan over the last decade.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org