Today, NDP Labour Critic Nicole Rancourt joined former STC employees in Saskatoon to call for the federal government to drop its lawsuit against former STC workers.
“The Sask. Party never should have shut down the STC, but it’s unacceptable for the federal government to be suing the former employees in federal court with an aim to take money out of their pockets,” said Rancourt. “The Sask. Party broke the law when they fired STC employees and those workers deserve the severance they were awarded.”
On April 27 of this year, the federal arbitrator ruled the STC didn’t give its employees 16-weeks’ notice and awarded 95 former workers eight weeks and one day’s pay. The union received $9,500 in damages for the provincial government’s failure to establish a joint planning committee after the announcement was made, as per Canada Labour Code rules.
“It doesn’t make any sense for the federal government to take this legal action against former STC employees. They have suffered enough,” said Rancourt. “I hope the Sask. Party government will join us in calling on the federal government to stop meddling and to let the former employees keep their earnings.”