With a deal set to expire in March, talks for a new collective bargaining agreement between unions and SaskTel kicked off Tuesday in Regina.
But just before that, the national leader of Unifor made it clear they won’t take a government mandated deal.
The province, said Jerry Dias, has mandated crowns give zero percent wage increases in the first two years of a deal, one percent in the third and two in the fourth, something they refuse to accept.
“Free collective bargaining is entrenched in Supreme Court rulings coming from where? Saskatchewan,” he said. “So if we have the right to free collective bargaining, I’m not allowing any government to take it away from us.”
It’s message he relayed to Doug Burnett, the new President and CEO of SaskTel, who confirmed he and Dias met Tuesday.