Over 150 Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) employees have been given layoff notices, according to the union representing government employees.
The Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) said the layoffs are a result of the Saskatchewan Party’s liquor privatization plan.
The government has been finalizing plans to sell-off 40 government owned liquor stores.
SGEU said 60-day job loss notices were handed out as of July 15th.
The union’s negotiating committee chair, Donna Christianson said the future looks bleak for many laid off workers.
“The job prospects in rural Saskatchewan are very limited. There are zero jobs. There isn’t even a minimum wage job for people. There’s nothing,” she said.
Christianson said she herself received a pink slip too.
“I also received my notice. My position is in one of liquor stores that are slated for closure.”