October 24th, 2020

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says political staff have taken 7 per cent pay cut

By The Canadian Press on October 15, 2020.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces $43 million in repairs and improvements to provincial parks at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Alberta's premier is warning that the province's public-sector unions may have to share in the pain as the province struggles with high unemployment and a crash in revenues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

AIRDRIE, Alta. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government’s political staffers have taken a seven per cent pay cut and he’s using that as a warning to the province’s public-sector unions.

A number of collective agreements were to be negotiated earlier this year but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney says the seven per cent rollback includes staff working in ministers’ offices.

He says members of the legislature are making 10 per cent less than they were five years ago and his salary has dropped by 15 per cent.

Kenney says hundreds of thousands of families are making do with less because the pandemic and a crash in oil prices have led to huge job losses.

He says everyone will need to make sacrifices so the province can live within its means.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 15, 2020.

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