Manitoba Hydro workers' wages frozen

Crown corporation facing high costs, debt
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 01/12/2017
Premier Brian Pallister and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen have warned that public-sector wages aren't sustainable. SHUTTERSTOCK

WINNIPEG (CP) — Wages will be frozen this year for more than half of Manitoba Hydro's employees.

Three of the four unions that represent about 2,100 workers negotiated new contracts in the past few months, which include a zero-per-cent wage hike for 2017.

The trio of four-year contracts include percentage increases of one, 1.25 and 1.5 in the remaining three years.

As well, the utility's professional engineers and non-unionized corporate staff — nearly 1,100 workers — were told last month their wages would be frozen for at least a year.

The measure comes as the Crown corporation struggles with ballooning debt and high costs.

Premier Brian Pallister and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen have warned that public-sector wages aren't sustainable, and wage freezes and opening of contracts are options.

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