10/21/2011 01:57 EDT | Updated 12/21/2011 05:12 EST

Saskatchewan New Democrats go after labour vote

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan New Democrats are portraying themselves as a government that would care about working people after the Nov. 7 election.

NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter (LING-ehn-felt-ehr) told the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's annual convention in Saskatoon that his party is committed to fair labour policies.

He said the Saskatchewan Party government introduced labour laws — such as essential services language — that hurt workers and his party would move to repeal them.

Lingenfelter said he wants to raise the minimum wage if the NDP wins the election.

He added an NDP government would make sure it was indexed each year to the cost of living to provide predictability for employees and business owners.

He also suggested the NDP's plans for a tuition freeze and more affordable child care would benefit every-day working families.