A video posted to social media by Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has prompted ridicule from the province’s largest public service union.
In a video posted Monday to Facebook and Instagram, the premier accused the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union of playing politics because two of its bargaining units rejected contract offers and went on strike this summer.
“I’d like to say yes to everything, but sometimes the answer has to be no,” Stefanson said in the video, referring to wage increases requested by employees with two provincial Crown corporations.
A five-week strike by unionized workers with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries ended Sunday when workers approved a new deal by a margin the union has declined to disclose.
Manitoba Public Insurance employees, also represented by MGEU, went on strike the following morning.