NDP call­ing for trans­parency around Sask. Party’s de­ci­sion to pri­va­tize Crown ser­vices

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Fol­low­ing the Sask. Party gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to trans­fer gas and elec­tri­cal inspections and per­mit­ting from SaskPower, gas and elec­tri­cal li­cens­ing from the Min­istry of Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions and plumb­ing inspections and per­mit­ting from the Saskatchewan Health Author­ity to the Tech­ni­cal Safety Author­ity of Saskatchewan, NDP SaskPower Critic Cathy Sproule has writ­ten a let­ter to the rel­e­vant Min­is­ters rais­ing sev­eral ques­tions about the de­ci­sion.

“For the sake of fair­ness and trans­parency,” said Sproule. “I believe the em­ploy­ees im­pacted by this de­ci­sion as well as the peo­ple of the prov­ince de­serve to know why the Sask. Party has de­cided to go down this route.”

In her let­ter, ad­dressed to the Min­is­ters re­spon­si­ble for SaskPower, Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions, Crown In­vest­ments Cor­po­ra­tion, and Health, Sproule asked these ques­tions:

• What is the ra­tio­nale for these tran­si­tions? • Why are these tran­si­tions tak­ing place now?

• The gov­ern­ment news re­lease in­di­cates there will be im­pact on cur­rent staff “dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod”; can em­ploy­ees rest assured there will be no job losses as a re­sult of the tran­si­tion in the short and long terms?

• SaskPower em­ploy­ees are cur­rently rep­re­sented by Uni­for Lo­cal 649 and IBEW 2067; how will is­sues around union rep­re­sen­ta­tion be man­aged in this tran­si­tion?

• What con­sul­ta­tions took place be­fore this de­ci­sion was an­nounced?

• Are there any fur­ther plans to tran­si­tion ser­vices out of Saskatchewan’s Crown Cor­po­ra­tions and Min­istries into the pri­vate sec­tor?

“The Sask. Party has a sketchy his­tory when it comes to han­dling the prov­ince’s Crowns and pub­lic em­ploy­ees, so it’s im­por­tant to ask these ques­tions, and even more im­por­tant that we ac­tu­ally get an­swers to them.” Sproule said.

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