Labour rules under construction

Bill 80 to revamp Saskatchewan’s construction labour relations act
By Andrew Warren
|Western Report|Last Updated: 08/20/2009

Pure political theatre.” Those were the words that came to Harley Friesen’s mind when about 200 construction workers supporting the Saskatchewan Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council (BCTC) union group gathered at the provincial legislative building in Regina on June 17.

They were there to participate in public hearings for proposed changes to the province’s Construction Industry Labour Relations Act, 1992 (CILRA).

“Those guys knew there wouldn’t be room for 200 construction workers in the hearings room,” said Friesen, project manager and co-founder of Westridge Construction, a Regina-based commercial and light-industrial building firm. “They showed up just long enough to cause a big stink for the cameras.”