PROVINCE ACCEPTS ARBITRATOR'S DECISION, CIVIL SERVANTS GETTING RAISES
Thursday 7th December 2017 11:11 am
The province says it will accept an arbitrator's decision to give civil servants in the largest public sector union a seven per cent wage increase under a six-year deal. The province's original stance was that it could only afford a 3.5 per cent increase over four years for members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union. The arbitrator's agreement provides a 1.5 per cent increase as of April 1, 2018, with half a per cent increase the following year, another 1.5 per cent increase in 2020 and a further half a per cent on April 1, 2021. Employees will have the option of an immediate payout of their so-called public service award, accrued up to March 31, 2015, before the end of the next fiscal year.They may also receive a payout on death or retirement. The 8,000 workers involved are employed across a range of government services including Service Nova Scotia, corrections, child welfare, the courts, and health and safety.