Hundreds of workers gather in Regina as 66th Annual SFL Convention kicks off
REGINA- Hundreds of workers from across Saskatchewan are gathering this week in Regina as the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour holds the first in-person convention since 2019.
The theme for this year’s convention is “Speaking Up!” After a tough few years, it’s time for working people to come together and speak up for better workplace conditions and safer workplaces, better health and safety regulations, better public health care and education systems, and better wages. Workers must also speak up against privatization, against the corporate greed that is driving inflation and a government that is doing nothing to help workers make ends meet while the cost of living is skyrocketing.
“We’re so pleased to be gathering once again in person for the first time in three years,” said SFL President Lori Johb. “Workers have been through so much these past few years- a global pandemic, the worst inflation in 40 years, a lack of good jobs and a crisis in health care have all pushed working people to their limit. This convention is the perfect time for us all to come together in solidarity as workers, to speak up and tell politicians and employers that Saskatchewan workers deserve so much better.”
The convention begins Monday morning with an address from SFL President Lori Johb. Highlights of convention will include a panel discussion marking the 50th Anniversary of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Saskatchewan, a rally at the legislature on Thursday, and keynote speaker from actor and author Zarqa Nawaz. The convention will conclude Friday with an address from Saskatchewan NDP Leader Carla Beck and a bearpit session with NDP MLAs, a discussion on the effects of inflation on workers and the election of SFL President and Secretary-Treasurer.