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  • Date and Time:
    Friday, July 25, 2003 at 10 a.m.
  • Participants:
    Sharleen Stewart, Service Employees International Union
    Steve Foley, Canadian Union of Public Employees
    Audrey Yaremy, SGEU
  • Place:
    SGEU Board Room
    1440 Broadway Avenue

Regina: Contract talks on the largest pay equity plan in Saskatchewan broke off today, after the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations insisted on capping the plan at 10% of payroll.

Three unions representing more than 25,000 health care workers have been working on a job evaluation plan to eliminate gender-based pay discrimination for 3 years. The plan would also provide internal wage parity for health workers across the province.

Talks broke down after the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations tabled a proposal to red circle the majority of classifications involved in the plan to reduce the cost of implementation.

The three unions Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU) are furious. They say the government is responsible for the collapse of the pay equity talks because it has failed to provide sufficient funds to SAHO to address pay discrimination.

They plan to deliver this message to the Premier in Duck Lake tomorrow afternoon.

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For more information contact Beth Smillie at 525-5874, extension 229