Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL) President Danny Cavanagh is pleased that today’s Arbitration Board decision finally concludes a collective agreement for civil service members.
Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) and NSFL First Vice-president is still reviewing it, however, he said today that their initial reaction is that they are very pleased with the result. says
The Arbitration Board’s decision results in a collective agreement that will expire on April 1, 2021.
The Arbitration Board has broken the province’s wage restraint plan by awarding two extra years at a combined 2% per year. The NSGEU is very pleased the Board chose to agree with the Union’s proposal to extend the contract by two years and offer wage increases beyond those outlined in the province’s wage restraint legislation.
The Board provided wage increases as legislated in Bill 148 but then included, as the Union requested in its briefs, two further years of increases.
In this morning’s NSGEU press statement, MacLean said “Our members’ patience and commitment to the Union’s fight for a better deal were key to getting this deal and I want to thank members for that support through a long and difficult process.
“The Board’s decision is consistent with Bill 148 in that the Public Service Award will continue to be frozen as of April 1, 2015. That means civil servants will no longer accrue additional weeks of service after April 1, 2015.”
However, the award does not halt the NSGEU from continuing its court challenge on Bill 148. Although it will take time, the court will eventual decide the outcome of Bill 148.