The union representing employees at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is dismayed over the employer’s callous treatment of six employees, who were terminated without cause yesterday.
The six CUPE members, several with more than 20 years experience working for the Commission, were notified of the lay-offs yesterday morning and then escorted out of the commission’s offices in Saskatoon and Regina. They were not allowed to return to their desks or say good-bye to co-workers.
“It’s a disgraceful way for any employer to treat its staff,” said CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham. “The fact that this employer is responsible for promoting human rights is especially troublesome,” he added. “There is no question they deserved much better treatment.”
All of the CUPE members terminated yesterday were front line staff, dedicated to advancing the work of the commission.
The union says the staff cuts will result in reduced service to the public as there are now only about 12 in-scope employees working at the two offices. In contrast, the Commission’s management team has expanded to seven.
CUPE intends to negotiate the terms and conditions of the lay-offs and explore bumping options for the CUPE Local 1871 members who lost their jobs.