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Contract negotiations between nurses and the province have come to a halt

By Joe Thomson Jun 29, 2023 | 11:56 AM

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Negotiations between the Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions and the province have broken down.

They’re now bringing in a conciliator to help broker a deal.

The council of unions is made up of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor. Together they represent over 10,000 nurses across the province who have been working without a contract since November 2020.

The two sides have been negotiating for months, over a total of 29 face-to-face bargaining sessions with nurse representatives from all four unions and the employer group. The nurses are asking for a contract that improves their work-life balance and provides competitive wages and benefits.

The Unions hope that the conciliation officer can mediate a settlement that is acceptable to both parties. The Department of Labour will appoint a Conciliator to resolve outstanding issues.


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