The Wall government, in its latest bid to quash workers' rights, has passed new legislation which essentially recasts Saskatchewan's entire labour laws.
Ultimately, unions remain the best way to prevent abuses in the workplace.
Our most cynical politicians are paying enthusiastic tribute this week to Thatcher's legacy: she showed them how easy it can be to seize power by appealing to people's basest desire.
Unions are about fairness: workplace fairness; economic fairness; opportunity fairness; political fairness; and democratic fairness. Unions promote fairness for all Canadians.
"In our workplaces, in our communities, and across this globe, we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice and discrimination."
Lori Theresa Waller
A recap of the week's top labour stories: Quebec court upholds farm workers' right to bargain, undocumented migrant workers rounded up in Vancouver, backlash to Saskatchewan Bill 85 grows, and more.
A recent poll shows that the vast majority of Albertans reject cuts to public services and agree that there should be an increase on taxes for the wealthy and corporations.
Angered and frustrated by management's outright refusal to bargain a fair and reasonable collective agreement, 70 workers at the Homes First Society went on strike on February 18.
It's about shoring up one of the basic human rights supporting a fair and prosperous Canada. But ultimately, it's about saving lives.
Hopefully it will be a wakeup call as well for all levels of government to ensure that public policies on issues such as child care and elder care are a priority.