Jeff Mackey, Metro Regina Don Morgan, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, at a press conference in the legislative building on Tuesday.

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is indexing the minimum wage and changing the rules for lockouts or strikes.

The changes are part of the new Saskatchewan Employment Act, which consolidates 12 workplace-related pieces of legislation into one omnibus bill.

The legislation says if a contract can’t be reached, the parties must take a 14-day cooling off period before a strike or lockout can happen.

It also says unions can still fine members who cross picket lines, but now they’ll have to get a court order to collect.

However, the bill does not yet include essential services legislation, which a court ruled was unconstitutional.

That’s because the province has appealed the ruling and is waiting to hear a decision from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

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