Unifor is seeking assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in an effort to negotiate a new collective agreement with SaskTel for 3,000 workers.
“It is frustrating that SaskTel is clearly unwilling to engage in meaningful negotiations on the issues identified as the priorities by our members,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president Monday.
Unifor’s bargaining committee has declared an impasse in bargaining and hopes the assistance of an independent third party will move talks forward.
“Our members are disappointed. They do important work for this province and crown workers deserve more respect than what they are seeing from the employer at this point in negotiations,” said Dave Kuntz, president of Unifor Local 1S.
The bargaining committee has yet to receive monetary proposals from the employer, despite repeated requests.
“Members have been clear that job security, mental health and fair compensation are priorities in these negotiations and all we are seeking is a fair deal,” said Penny Matheson, President of Unifor Local 2S.