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Nurses agree to ‘historic’ new deal

By Joe Thomson Jul 27, 2023 | 3:03 PM

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The Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions has agreed to new five-year deal with the province.

The agreement includes what the unions describe as historic improvements in wages, premiums, occupational health and safety, and work-life balance. They say that it addresses every one of their concerns brought up throughout the negotiation process, aside from a competitive wage package that would help retain nurses and potentially recruit nurses from outside Nova Scotia.

Almost 90 percent of the nurses who voted on the agreement voted in favour of it. Last week a tentative deal was reached after a conciliator was brought in to mediate the negotiations.

The nurses had been without a contract since October 2020, and the new deal will be retroactively in effect from that point, meaning it will expire again in October 2025.

The Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions represents over 10,000 nurses across the province.


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