The NSGEU/NUPGE represents approximately 7,300 members of the civil service. The decision of the conciliation body results in a collective agreement that expires on 1 April 2021. Halifax (December 07, 2017) – The Public Service Conciliation Body, chaired by Tom Cromwell, has released its decision, which concludes a collective agreement for members of the public service. The Board`s decision is consistent with Bill 148, as utility prices will continue to be frozen as of April 1, 2015. This means that after April 1, 2015, public servants no longer accumulate additional weeks of service. “We just received the decision and we are in the process of reviewing it, but our first reaction is that we are very pleased with the result,” says Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government Enterprise Union (NSGEU/NUPGE). The conciliation body broke the province`s wage moderation plan by conceding an additional 2 years to a total of 2 per cent per year. The NSGEU/NUPGE is very pleased that the Board of Directors has decided to approve the union`s proposal to extend the contract by 2 years and to offer wage increases beyond those provided for by provincial wage moderation legislation. . However, the award does not prevent the NSGEU/NUPGE from continuing its legal challenge to Bill 148. Although it will take time, the court will ultimately decide the outcome of Bill 148.
“The patience and commitment of our members in the union struggle for a better deal has been key to this agreement. Jason MacLean, President of the NSGEU The Board of Directors ensured wage increases, in accordance with bill 148 law, but then included an additional 2 years of increase, as requested by the union in its briefs. As a result, wages will rise as follows….