The Issue at hand
SUN is not opposed to reviewing legislation; it is important to undertake such reviews on a regular basis to ensure that changes in the provincial economy and laws across the country are taken into account. We welcome the dialogue on reviewing legislation and believe it is a part of a healthy democracy.
However, we have serious concerns about the processes for reviewing this legislation. When the Government of Canada reviewed federal labour standards in 2004, a 13 month period was established to review the law - and this was just one piece of legislation. With so many pieces of legislation and so little time, SUN is concerned that constructive discussion may not be possible. Additionally, unlike other reviews, there is no opportunity for public forums and no paper will be distributed proposing changes before they are formally presented as legislative amendments in the legislature.
In addition to process concerns, many of the 138 questions outlined in the Consultation Paper will have significant impact on the work environment in the province. Many of the changes will directly impact Saskatchewan RNs, RPNs and RN(NP)s while others will affect those not covered by a collective bargaining agreement or represented by a union. SUN believes that these changes require careful deliberation and ample opportunity for public input.