'We need to intensify, not scale back.' - Bob Bymoen
Regina (26 March 2008) - The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) says the first budget of the new Saskatchewan Party government sets misguided priorities by cutting jobs when the province is running a massive surplus.
"The economic prosperity in Saskatchewan did not translate into a stable job environment in the public service," says union president Bob Bymoen.
"Despite a $1.3-billion surplus, the Saskatchewan Party government chose to abolish 83 jobs across government. The job cuts in education, advanced education, employment and labour as well as First Nations and Metis relations will not help meet the needs of residents of rural Saskatchewan nor the needs of the labour market for the 21st century," he argues.
“We are facing a crisis in the labour market and we need to intensify, not scale back our efforts in this area," Bymoen adds. NUPGE