Teachers in Saskatchewan are disappointed by a two-year salary freeze.

It was the decision of a binding arbitration panel. Teachers had been unable to reach a contract settlement at the government bargaining table. However, the union says the two-year contract is an improvement over the government’s final offer.

“There is a 3.67 per cent wage cut on from day one of face-to-face negotiations, day one of arbitration all the way through, and so right in the arbitrator’s ruling it indicates that government was requesting a 3.67 per cent wage cut,” said Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation President Patrick Maze.

Teachers will receive a one per cent raise on the final day of the two-year contract to leave them in a better position going forward.