NDP Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Critic David Forbes calls for special mediator to help end Refinery lockout
“As the lock-out at the Co-op Refinery continues to drag on, it’s become clear that the province needs to step in,” Forbes said. “Today I have written to the Minister of Labour asking for the province to appoint a special mediator to help both parties negotiate a fair deal and end the lockout. For the sake of public safety and in the interests of our provincial economy, this is a step that needs to be taken.”
The NDP has received a $1,700 fee estimate for a Freedom of Information request for Scott Moe’s expenses for a single year.
“This is shocking and wrong,” said NDP Ethics and Democracy Critic David Forbes. “Premier and minister’s expenses should be fully public, full stop.”
New numbers show majority of Saskatchewan people near insolvency, bankruptcies rising, as Sask. Party continues to offload costs onto working people
By this week’s numbers:
- 52% of Saskatchewan people say they couldn’t cover a $200 expense at the end of the month (MNP).
- 45% are experiencing “debt hopelessness,” the belief that they won’t be able to cover their expenses this year without going deeper into debt (MNP).
- Bankruptcy filings in the province are up 24% year over year, worst in the country (OSB).
- Retails sales are down 2.2% year over year in Saskatchewan, ranking ninth among the provinces (StatsCan).
- Employment Insurance claims have increased 11% year over year (StatsCan).
- Investment in building construction is down 10% year over year, while investment in residential construction is down 18% year over year (StatsCan).
NDP Leader Ryan Meili issued the following statement on lock-out at the Federated Co-op Refinery:
“Public safety and the wellbeing of our economy and workers here in Regina are threatened by this increasingly tense situation. Today I have written to Premier Moe asking him to join me in calling on the Co-op Refinery to agree to return to the table with Unifor Local 594 and negotiate a new collective agreement. We need the parties to come together and negotiate a fair deal.”
“Bone of Contention”: Government correspondence reveals extent of issues with Sask Hospital build, NDP calls for answers
Documents obtained by the NDP through Freedom of Information show that concerns about the roof at the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford began at the design phase. In response, the NDP called for the Sask. Party to ensure the facilities audit ordered last October responds to serious failures in the decision-making process between the SHA and SaskBuilds.
“What these documents show is a government putting politics before people, bulldozing their way to a big ribbon-cutting with no concern for the wellbeing of patients or staff,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “How did the Minister of Health let people down so badly, and what is he doing now to ensure future infrastructure projects aren’t falling apart before they even open?”
The Sask. Party is continuing to let down the most vulnerable in the province, with the University of Regina’s Child and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan: 2019 Report showing that one in four Saskatchewan kids is living in poverty.
“Far too many kids in this province are being let down by their government,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “No child in this province should go to school hungry, but the Sask. Party keeps dragging their feet on reducing child poverty, with devastating consequences for so many kids.”