'Your bargaining committee feels this remains a very challenging set of negotiations and there is a considerable amount of work still ahead.'
Halifax (5 Oct. 2010) - Negotiations have resumed between the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) and the Capital District Health Authority (CDHA).
The union says in an update for members that "considerable progress" has been made on non-monetary issues.
"We have reached agreement on a number of articles that will improve the language of your collective agreement. While the employer did not table a wage proposal, monetary items were tabled and there was a great deal of discussion between the parties on many of our proposals," NSGEU says.
"While the talks have been respectful, your bargaining committee feels this remains a very challenging set of negotiations and there is a considerable amount of work still ahead before we reach an agreement that we can recommend to the membership."
Negotiations took place on three days in the last week of September. The two sides are now arranging for a further round of talks as soon as possible.
"We sincerely hope that the employer will respond favourably to our monetary proposals when talks resume," NSGEU says. "We remain committed to trying to reach a fair collective agreement at the bargaining table and are prepared to do everything possible to achieve that goal."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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