'Today's a good day,' Unifor negotiator says as striking Crowns strike deal with government
Details will not be released until all Crown corps. get deals signed
The Saskatchewan government has struck a deal with six striking Crown corporations, the government announced Sunday. No details will be released until ratification.
SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, Directwest, SecurTek and SaskWater employees will begin returning to work Oct. 21 but operations will take a few days for things to normalize, the government said.
"I think today's a good day," said Chris MacDonald, lead negotiator for SaskTel and its subsidiaries, DirectWest and SecureTek.
"We're relieved tonight to know that we've got a contract that we can recommend to our members — that in our view is a decent contract — that beats the 5 per cent mandate by the Moe government."
The province declined to comment but Premier Scott Moe tweeted a message of thanks to negotiators on both sides.
Thank you to the bargaining teams on both sides for bargaining in good faith and working hard over the weekend so that the employees of these Crowns can be back at work early this week. <a href="https://t.co/A8WFcJYvn6">https://t.co/A8WFcJYvn6</a>—@PremierScottMoe
The Unifor members at the province's Crown corporations had been on strike since Oct. 4. Since then, the employees had been picketing outside of government offices, events and work sites.
Unifor has asked for a three-year agreement with a two per cent wage increase each year, which Unifor says would match the rising cost of living. That request was previously rejected by the government.
The deals will be voted on and finalized by union members in the coming weeks.
"We're satisfied with where we got to," MacDonald said.