The Saskatchewan government is considering a multitude of options to reduce the 1.2 billion dollar deficit, from wage rollbacks to cuts in the public sector.
Now the latest option Finance Minister Kevin Doherty is thinking about is unpaid leave for provincial employees.
The concept would require workers to take one day a month, or one day every other month off without pay.
A similar measure was implemented in Ontario, to no avail, but Doherty says they haven’t arrived at any conclusions yet. He says they want to create a balance of fairness with public service workers, and maintaining the services that Saskatchewanians want and deserve.
Doherty also claims that the government has informed union groups regarding the option, however the President of SGEU, the union that represents provincial workers, sang a different tune.
Bob Bymoen says the government never told him, as he found out through media reports.
Bymoen says the idea of unpaid leave for government workers could hurt local economies and force employees to make tough financial decisions.