Negotiations between the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) and the Public Service/Government Employment (PS/GE) bargaining unit have hit a roadblock. Despite over a year of talks, the parties have failed to reach an agreement since the previous contract expired on September 30, 2022.
Representing over 11,000 members, including firefighters, correctional officers, and conservation officers, the PS/GE unit seeks fair enhancements in the new contract. Priorities include catch-up wage increases, improved mental health support, and better provisions for essential workers during crises like the pandemic.
Lori Bossaer, Chair of SGEU’s PS/GE Negotiating Committee, voiced disappointment over the government’s stance, citing challenges faced by frontline workers, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires. These workers, providing crucial services to Saskatchewan residents, deserve recognition and support.
SGEU emphasizes the need for a contract addressing member retention and recruitment concerns to sustain public services. To move forward, they’ve requested mediation assistance from the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, underscoring their commitment to finding a resolution beneficial to both parties.