Sask. labour minister’s remarks on new union rules disappoint group

REGINA – Unions in Saskatchewan say they deserve better treatment than to learn about new labour rules in “dribs and drabs” from a minister’s speech to a business crowd.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour president Larry Hubich said he was disappointed that Labour Minister Don Morgan announced plans to change specific labour laws while speaking at the North Saskatoon Business Association luncheon on Friday.

“I think it’s inappropriate that the minister releases information around legislation that sets up terms and conditions of workers in a predominantly pro-business crowd, arguably

anti-union,” Hubich said Monday at the legislature.

“It just seems that it would have been more appropriate to have that discussion in a group of individuals that the legislation is actually going to affect and that being workers.”

In the speech, Morgan talked about new laws for unions, such as taking away the ability to fine members who violate codes of conduct by taking money off their paycheque. He also talked about relaxing the rules to allow for 10-hour work days instead of eight-hour days, while maintaining a 40-hour work week.

Morgan spent Monday afternoon defending the decision to release details to the business crowd.

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