The Council of Unions wants to send a message to the employers and government to take collective bargaining, and the Council's proposals seriously and work with the Council to get a deal done.
Halifax (27 March 2018) — The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions is asking the Nova Scotia Labour Board to settle all remaining issues and finalize the IWK Health Centre's essential services agreement.
Labour Board has 30 days to hear submissions
The Council of Unions has reached the conclusion that the remaining issues cannot be resolved through negotiations with the employer and is using the process provided under Bill 37, Essential Health and Community Services Act, to refer the unresolved issues to the Labour Board for its final ruling. The Labour Board will have 30 days to hear submissions from both the employer and the Council of Unions, and will issue an order that will conclude the IWK essential services agreement.
The Council of Unions' health care bargaining unit has worked hard to reach an essential services agreement that meets the needs of its members, and protects the health and safety of patients. However, there remain some issues that can not be resolved at the table, such as staffing provisions.
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The application to the Labour Board is the next logical step and aligns with the Council of Union's announcement of a strike vote for all 6,500 members of its health care bargaining unit across Nova Scotia. The Council of Unions wants to send a message to the employers and government to take collective bargaining and the Council's proposals seriously and work with the Council of Unions to get a deal done.
The Council of Unions continues to negotiate an essential services agreement for the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE