Manitoba Premier defends possible pay freeze

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister won’t confirm whether he is seeking a pay freeze for all public-sector workers but has said the measure is not without precedent.

The University of Manitoba and its faculty association say the province has indicated it wants one year with no wage increases added to the end of all current collective agreements.

When pressed for confirmation, Pallister refused and said he does not negotiate in public. He added, however, that a wage freeze is not unusual and the previous NDP government sought one in 2010.

Contract talks at the University of Manitoba have hit an impasse and the faculty association has threatened to go on strike. The university has asked the province to appoint a conciliator to end the standoff.
  • The Canadian Press

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