REGINA, Sept. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - Radio ads have started airing across Saskatchewan that tell Premier Brad Wall to "back away from the phone" in his bid to sell SaskTel. Sponsored by the province's largest telecommunication union, Unifor, the ads highlight the unequalled value of having a publicly-owned carrier in Saskatchewan.
The ads are online at https://soundcloud.com/unifor/dont-sell-our-sasktel
"Brad Wall is reaching well beyond the mandate he has from voters," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. "In the election he explicitly told voters that he would not privatize SaskTel."
The ads highlight the unequalled value of having a publicly-owned carrier in Saskatchewan. In recent weeks, Wall has mused about what would happen if private corporations made offers for SaskTel. Unifor says that the premier doesn't have a mandate to make any moves with the public carrier.
"SaskTel is an outstanding crown corporation that is staffed by talented and committed workers," said Warnock. "SaskTel should remain what it always has been: a solid service that is owned by the people of Saskatchewan, for the people of Saskatchewan."
In addition to radio ads, the union has said it will fight the privatization by mobilizing support for SaskTel in all regions of the province.
Unifor represents nearly 3,800 workers at SaskTel in many communities. 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: Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org