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Health care unions, employer to meet for talks as strike vote looms

The council announced last month that it would be seeking a province wide strike vote as negotiations with their employers have come to stand still.
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The Council of Health Care Unions, the NSHA and the IWK will be meeting this week for conciliation talks.

The negotiations come as a potential strike vote looms.

The council announced last month that it would be seeking a province wide strike vote as negotiations with their employers have come to stand still.

NSGEU President Jason MacLean says they are still waiting for an essential plan to finalized before holding a strike vote.

"By the end of this month we'll be able to display how serious it is for the employer," said MacLean. "We're hoping to put some work together to have essential services in place as well in the coming months."

Nova Scotia legislation requires a plan to provide essential service before a strike can happen. The union and government must both agree on it. 

MacLean says he anticipates some movement at the table this time around and hopes to settle things without going on strike, but adds they will do what they have to in order to get a fair deal.

Conciliation talks are set for three days this week, and again at the beginning of May.




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