Labour disputes across Saskatchewan

May 24, 2011 - 9:34am

The long weekend may be over, but another week of labour unrest  is just beginning. Wednesday, Saskatchewan teachers launch a two-day strike, leaving parents looking for child care.

It means classrooms will be dark and teacher-run extracurriculars like track meets are cancelled. With grade 12 graduation looming, students maintain they're the ones with the most to lose.

In fact, some students are holding rallies Tuesday to show their concern. Students at Prince Albert's Carlton Comprehensive have planned one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show that it's not just the teachers and the government involved. In Regina Wednesday and Thursday, grade 11 student Arden Johnson is also taking action.

"We have like, forty people saying they're going to go, and it's going to be at the Legislative building. We're just asking people to make their own signs," Johnson said of his rally plans.

Tuesday morning it was unclear what the Health Sciences union's next move would be. Rotating strikes have recently been staged in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Swift Current.

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union members will hold a strike vote beginning Tuesday evening. It's after stalled negotiations with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

Finally, Canada Post workers are in a position to strike as of Wednesday. Higher wages and a better sick leave plan are two union requests.