Talks break down, NSGEU files from conciliation

The Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) says it has filed for conciliation after negotiations for a civil service collective agreement with the government reached an impasse.

NSGEU President Jason MacLean says the two sides remain far apart and hopes a conciliator can help us get them to a fair deal.

The last offer from the provincial government on December 14th was voted down by 94 percent of the membership, after which the two sides went back to the bargaining table for two days of talks.

The offer contained a total wage increase of three percent over five years, which included no raise in the first two years, and would have ended the long-held Public Service Award.

There are over 7300 NSGEU members working in the civil service, who do not have the right to strike.