HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has moved to impose a labour bill that would establish a wage package for 75,000 public sector employees.
Premier Stephen McNeil says the proclamation of the Public Services Sustainability Act is being done in the “best interests of Nova Scotians.”
The act was passed in December 2015 to ensure third party arbitrators could not make decisions about public sector contracts that would bind the government to wage settlements.
It sets a wage pattern of three per cent over four years that will allow employers to offer increases of one per cent in the third year of the contract, followed by 1.5 per cent in the fourth year and 0.5 per cent on the final day of the package.
The act also freezes a retirement allowance retroactive to April 1, 2015.
McNeil says the act will be referred to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal under the Constitutional Questions Act to obtain an opinion.