Brad Wall leader of the Saskatchewan party

Part time workers

Waldeck - Friday, February 3, 2006 - by:Henry Neufeld

Some months ago, the Provincial Government attempted to pass legislation that would limit the number of part time employees that larger businesses (over 50 employees) could have on their payroll. A coalition of groups, mainly the Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Business Association, and Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party, let it all hang out so to speak, in opposition to this legislation. We all know what happened next, the NDP ran for cover much to the dismay of labor groups.

Now, fast forward to the present (Leader Post Jan 21/06 - Safeway hires almost 300 part time employees (PDF)).

Safeway’s John Graham stated there will be a considerable saving for Safeway because many of the new workers will be starting at the bottom of the wage scale.

Pretty smart idea eh?

Replacing senior employees with low paid part timers. It makes sense that business owners would be delighted with such an opportunity to save money on wages and benefits. But, what happens to workers and their families?

One word of caution to Brad Wall and his Sask. Party. Do you really think the workers of this province will soon forget who is the big king pin in this squeeze on their standard of living?


Henry Neufeld



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