Sask Party govern­ment proves dou­ble stan­dard with bal­loon­ing Crown ex­ec­u­tive wage in­creases

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The re­cent dis­clo­sure of salary in­creases to se­nior man­age­ment at Crown cor­po­ra­tions, once again, shows the Sask Party govern­ment has a two-tiered com­pen­sa­tion sys­tem where only se­nior ex­ec­u­tives re­ceive sub­stan­tial wage in­creases, while pub­lic sec­tor work­ers are ex­pected to ac­cept con­ces­sions, ac­cord­ing to SGEU Pres­i­dent Bob By­moen.

The 2017-2018 Crown In­vest­ments Cor­po­ra­tion of Saskatchewan payee dis­clo­sure re­port shows com­pen­sa­tion costs for se­nior man­agers at Saskpower in­creased by 19.8 per cent, while ex­ec­u­tive costs at Sask­tel rose by 14.8 per cent com­pared to last year.

“This govern­ment is still try­ing to force wage roll­backs and other con­ces­sions on work­ing-class fam­i­lies, while at the same time gen­er­ously com­pen­sat­ing highly-paid ex­ec­u­tives,” said By­moen. “The govern­ment claims it needs to make cuts in or­der to bal­ance the bud­get, yet it’s be­ing very se­lec­tive when it comes to who they’re deny­ing fair wage in­creases.”

The Sask Party govern­ment has pub­licly stated it needs to find cost sav­ings for pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees, yet top ex­ec­u­tives at the Crown cor­po­ra­tions all made over $500,000 per year. For­mer Saskpower ex­ec­u­tive, Brian Ketch­e­son, topped the list with com­pen­sa­tion of $646,000 in 2017-18 – an in­crease of $275,000 from the pre­vi­ous year.

Saskpower pres­i­dent and CEO Michael Marsh also saw an an­nual in­crease of $80,000, while SGI pres­i­dent and CEO An­drew Cart­mell re­ceived a $105,000 jump from the pre­vi­ous year.

Ac­cord­ing to pub­lic state­ments by the Sask Party govern­ment, Crown CEOS, MLAS, deputy min­is­ters and other po­lit­i­cal staff took part in a 3.5 per cent wage roll­back in 2017 as a way to “show lead­er­ship” while the govern­ment de­manded pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees take a sim­i­lar cut. How­ever, the payee dis­clo­sure state­ment shows that Crown CEOS ac­tu­ally saw their com­pen­sa­tion rise as much as 26 per cent.

Mem­bers of the pre­mier’s po­lit­i­cal staff have also re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant com­pen­sa­tion in­creases. Since 2009, com­pen­sa­tion to the pre­mier’s po­lit­i­cal staff rose by 85 per cent. And, ear­lier this year, the Sask Party govern­ment paid politi­cians more by re­vers­ing the 3.5 per cent MLA salary re­duc­tion.

“The hypocrisy of this govern­ment knows no bounds,” said By­moen. “This govern­ment needs to stop mak­ing pub­lic sec­tor work­ers pay for its own poor fis­cal man­age­ment and bad bud­get de­ci­sions. It’s time for Pre­mier Scott Moe to stop push­ing a dou­ble stan­dard where the rich get richer and the work­ing­class get noth­ing but ad­di­tional taxes and costs.”

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