Sask. gov’t eyes labour law changes

The Saskatchewan Party government is asking for public input on whether employees should be able to opt out of paying union dues for reasons other than religious grounds, such as financial hardship.

It’s one of several questions put forward in a 33-page discussion paper released Wednesday as the province launches a sweeping review that could see some or all of 15 pieces of labour legislation amalgamated into a single Saskatchewan Employment Code. Consultations about possible labour law changes are being held until the end of July, with the government considering legislation that could be introduced in the fall.

The Saskatchewan arm of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business welcomed the review, saying its key recommendations will include requiring employees to give notice to their employer before quitting a job, allowing greater flexibility in allocation of statutory holidays, and to no longer require employers to collect union dues from employees unless they have specifically agreed to do so.

The government’s discussion paper also asks for input on whether minimum wage should be indexed to an indicator such as the consumer price index, an idea the NDP has advocated for but the Saskatchewan Party has rejected in the past.

Avoir ce genre de débat au Québec… Malheureusement impossible…