On March 7, 2017, Premier Wall announced that the government had set a target to cut overall public sector worker compensation by 3.5 per cent.
Government officials have stated that the 3.5 per cent reduction target “is an expectation of school divisions, the post-secondary sector, health regions, crowns, ministers, and other government agencies.”
These rollbacks come on top of a provincial budget that hurt working families and rewarded corporations and high income earners with tax cuts. The government’s cuts to K-12 education, municipalities, post-secondary education, and the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) will have devastating consequences for working families in this province. The government could have chosen to support public services and to grow and diversify the economy without making drastic cuts.