Inquiry commission to mediate ongoing labour dispute at Halifax Herald

An inquiry has been ordered into the ongoing labour dispute between the daily Halifax Chronicle-Herald and the Halifax Typographical Union.

The Nova Scotia government says an industrial inquiry commission is set to begin work next month, 18 months after unionized editorial staff went on strike over the company's proposed contract.

Derek Mombourquette, the province's acting labour minister, says the prolonged labour dispute represents an "exceptional circumstance that needs action."

He says the parties will start with mediation, and if a voluntary agreement can't be reached, commissioner William Kaplan will investigate the causes of the dispute.

Kaplan would then report his findings and potential recommendations to the minister.

About 60 reporters, photographers, editors and support staff walked off the job on Jan. 23, 2016, over a list of contract concessions that management said were needed to cope with economic challenges affecting the North American newspaper industry.