Saskatchewan jobs contracted out to European company

Pushing ahead with another contract that doesn’t benefit Saskatchewan, the Sask. Party has chosen a company from the United Kingdom to supply food services in eight provincial correctional centres.

The Sask. Party is eliminating 62 jobs, and shipping taxpayer dollars directly out of the province. It announced Wednesday a multi-million dollar contract has been given to Compass Group.

Compass, a massive multi-national corporation, is headquartered in England and operates in more than 60 countries. The Sask. Party government has given it a five-year contract.

“I do not believe this will save money overall, and I know it will cost Saskatchewan jobs, so it looks like a lose-lose,” said NDP Justice and Corrections critic John Nilson. “Doing things ourselves rather than paying a for-profit corporation is typically the most efficient way. If that is not feasible, hiring a Saskatchewan supplier would make more sense. Handing out contracts to foreign corporations is not positive in terms of jobs or the province’s economy.”