Government changing legislation amid wage reduction proposal

By Sarah Mills
March 9, 2017 - 5:42pm

The 3.5 per cent wage reduction proposed in Saskatchewan will go ahead without a vote from the NDP.

The government is mandating the wage drop for MLAs, staff and public sector contracts that are open or about to expire.

But the fiscal move requires the approval of the board of internal economy.

The NDP will not attend the meeting believing this wage reduction is an attack on workers.

The government is instead giving notice that it will change legislation to require quorum at the meeting to be only a majority.

"We would be doing that just for a time-limited period and just to enact these changes and that would be the extent of it," Minister Jeremy Harrison explained.

"I'm hoping the opposition are going to be agreeable to not forcing us to proceed with the legislative option but if they won't, this is what our alternative is."

A second board of internal economy meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon did not take place.

 

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