The Alberta government is asking unionized public service employees to take a four per cent wage cut this year. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said it was handed a new offer from the province on Thursday, which asks for the four per cent cut this year, followed by three years of zero increases. The government was initially seeking a one per cent rollback. The AUPE represents more than 90,000 workers, including about 22,000 employed by the government. The union said the move is yet another example of how this government is “showing its contempt for workers.” “Albertans have been relying on these workers more than ever during the economic crisis caused by the collapse of oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kevin Barry, vice-president of the AUPE.