Brad Wall to health sciences union: "no binding arbitration"
The request to the Saskatchewan government for binding arbitration from the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) has been denied.
The union took a break from it's rotating strike on Monday, saying it was to give Premier Brad Wall "a window" to agree to binding arbitration, something that Wall said won't happen.
"We understand that from time to time there are going to be labour disputes and some disagreement on issues, but the best solutions are found at the (bargaining) table," Wall said Monday morning.
HSAS says essential services legislation is hampering half its members from full-out striking. Wall says that's the point.
"We know this: that health care is going to be provided to people not withstanding work stoppages and strikes and that's the point of essential services," Wall said.
The union rejected a new offer from employer Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations last Tuesday and returned to rotating strike action. There is still a gap between the two sides when it comes to wages.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Michael Aynsley