REGINA, Feb. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Premier Brad Wall's open musing about privatizing SaskTel reeks of desperation and breaks a key election promise he made on March 15, 2016.
"Saskatchewan's Crown corporations are like the goose that lays golden eggs—we need them for the long term value, not some panicked sell-off," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. "Privatization means higher prices. Period."
During the 2016 provincial election, the Sask Party explicitly promised not to privatize any of the Crown corporations listed in the Crown Corporation Protection Act, namely SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SGI.
"The Sask Party is desperately looking for a short-term fix to get the province back into the black," said Warnock. "But selling-off Crown corporations would be a disaster for the long-term health of hospital and school funding."
In fall 2016, Unifor launched a campaign to protect Saskatchewan's unique and profitable Crown corporations, including this radio advertisement: https://soundcloud.com/unifor/dont-sell-our-sasktel
Unifor's campaign page can be found at unifor.org/sasktel
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