|Opposition and SUN Reaction to the Throne Speech|
|Written by Sharon Vanhouwe|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012 15:48|
NDP Reacts: The Saskatchewan Party's Throne Speech is full of glaring omissions and indications that the Sask. Party is ignoring common sense to return to their 2003 ideology of privatization at all costs.
That's according to the NDP which says there are gaping holes in the Throne Speech.
Leader John Nilson says with little new material and almost no details, the Sk Party appears to be determined to govern with surprises, like it did when it added three more politicians, gutted the film industry and began the process to privatize the information services Crown.
He says the Throne Speech has nothing for the middle class or small business, and lays out choices that reject common sense in favour of privatization at all costs.
Nilson says the future plans for the province are riddled with previously-announced and recycled items.
He points to the re-announcement of infrastructure funding, already budgeted and already proving too little.
Nurses React: On the tail of today's (Thurs) Speech from the Throne the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says there is opportunity for the union to partner with the province on the modernization of labour legislation.
However, the Nurses Union says the government needs to be cautious they don't neglect the significance of these laws in determining overall population health.
SUN says the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Labour Standards Act and the Trade Union Act are intended to foster healthy, safe and well regulated work environments for all working people, whether unionized or not and the Union hopes that any newly proposed Employment Act would not erode these basic rights.
SUN President, Rosalee Longmoore says increased job strain due to a combination of demanding employment and low income, as well as other workplace stresses have been linked to increased workers compensation related injuries and medical ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease, mental health disorders such as depression and high risk lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol consumption.
She says these all negatively impact both the social and economic wellbeing of our province.