The decision to layoff 23 Saskatchewan Polytechnic frontline employees has sparked a debate as to whether it was the right call.
Sask Polytechnic’s Terrence Carswell says the layoffs were a response to the labour market, “to make sure we’re remaining current and also moving forward with the resources we need.”
He added it was also part of a regular operational review to ensure Sask Polytech invests resources “where they produce maximum benefit for our students and industry.”
SGEU says the layoff of 23 frontline employees is adding more bureaucracy, adding they shouldn’t be using funds to increase the management team, and instead direct that money to maintain existing staff positions and fill vacant ones.
The Union says Sask Polytechnic has bumped the number of managerial positions in a 3-year span, including going from 113 to 150 in the 2015-16 academic year.