Essential services agreement in place for IWK Health Centre | National Union of Public and General Employees

Essential services agreement in place for IWK Health Centre

This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.

Halifax (30 April 2018) — The Council of Health Care Unions welcomed a decision by the Nova Scotia Labour Board that concluded an essential services agreement for health care workers at the IWK Health Centre.

Nova Scotia Labour Board rejects increased restrictions on health care unions when striking

The Labour Board decision rejected the IWK's request that the Council of Unions provide additional notice periods beyond that required in the Trade Union Act in the event of a strike. The Council includes the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU/NUPGE).

The notice period was the only outstanding issue that the Labour Board had to decide. All other matters, including staffing levels, had been agreed to by the IWK and the Council of Unions.

This ruling is significant and important for all unionized health care workers in Nova Scotia, as the IWK had sought to place additional restrictions on when employees might be able to go on strike. By rejecting that restriction, the Labour Board has allowed the health care council to determine when it would conduct a strike, provided it has met the existing obligations under the Trade Union Act.

This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.


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