The union representing employees at Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. has rejected the latest contract offer from the telecom and are in a legal strike position. That means Unifor can inform the crown corporation that its employees have an intention to walk off the job, starting a 72-hour clock for Sasktel to hammer out a deal. The latest offer from SaskTel -- which stipulated that employees would receive no increase in their salaries until 2021, when a one per cent increase would be triggered -- was rejected as “totally unacceptable” on Wednesday, according to a late Wednesday afternoon press release. The Unifor bargaining committee met with SaskTel and a federal mediator between August 12 and 14. “SaskTel’s offer is an insult to all our members who work at this very profitable Crown corporation,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said in the release. “There has been little movement and nothing that would bring us closer to a settlement.” The release said, meanwhile, government employees, principally premier Scott Moe and members of the legislative assembly, are receiving a 2.3 per cent “cost of living increase.” In July, the union said in a press release that already a majority of Unifor members had voted in favour of striking, “if necessary,” to get a fair contract for workers at the telecom. That release said “no job action will occur pending the outcome of bargaining meetings scheduled for August 12, 13, and 14.” The two sides have been in bargaining discussions since the end of January, Chris MacDonald, Unifor’s assistant to the national president, said in a phone interview. The company has reported net income of $127 million in the last fiscal year. It has been aggressively building out infrastructure and improving wireless and internet access in the province. Revenues are made up primarily of wireless at 41.4 per cent.