08/07/2013 03:31 EDT | Updated 10/07/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan firefighters group say new labour law will drive down wages

SASKATOON - The organization that represents Saskatchewan firefighters is burned up about new provincial employment legislation.

The Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Association says the Employment Act passed in the spring will drive down the wages of some of its members.

Association president Kirby Benning says Bill 85 takes away the possibility of binding arbitration for firefighters in cities with a population less than 20,000.

Under previous legislation the rule applied to communities with less than 10,000 people.

Benning says the change affects firefighters in North Battleford, Swift Current, Yorkton, and Weyburn who are already among the lowest paid in Canada.

He says he would like to see the province scrap the new binding arbitration rule. (CJWW)