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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 

Hypocrisy Of Saskatchewan's Essential Services Legislation Is Evident

When the right wing Saskatchewan Party government was developing new essential services legislation, they asked employers in the health care sector to identify what union positions were essential to prevent risk to public safety in the event of a labour dispute. The health care unions asked that a process of negotiation be used to identify essential positions. The Wall government forged ahead without discussions and imposed legislation on the health unions.

Well guess what?

"The Wall government was provided written evidence of approximately 1,300 separate occasions in which staffing levels at Saskatchewan healthcare facilities were below what the government itself had described as ‘essential’ for the protection of public safety. In addition, he highlighted the example of the Laboratory and Radiology Department at the Wakaw Hospital which is completely shut down when technologists take vacation or other leave but noted that these positions have been deemed essential during a work stoppage."
Saskatchewan New Democratic Caucus

In other words, on 1300 separate occasions, the government itself placed the public in an 'unsafe' situation by not having essential workers on the job in our hospitals!

Saskatchewan's essential services legislation has been exposed for what it truly is - an attack on organized labour.

The Wall government is avoiding an answer to these concerns and Saskatchewan's MSM is NOT reporting on the hypocrisy of the situation. The silence coming from the Regina Leader-Post and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix is deafening!

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