Union at Halifax shipyard building Royal Canadian Navy ships gives strike notice

The union at the Halifax shipyard building some of the Royal Canadian Navy's new ships has given 48-hour strike notice.

A news release issued late Wednesday by Unifor says hundreds of employees at Irving's Halifax Shipyard have rejected a tentative contract.

Unifor Marine Workers Federation Local 1 says 75 per cent of its members voted against the deal offered following eight months of negotiations.

The union says the four-year tentative agreement that was rejected included increases of 1.5 per cent per year over the next four years, but the employer had not agreed to paid sick days for workers.

The release says picket lines are expected to go up Saturday at 9 a.m.

The shipyard with about 800 workers is currently building Arctic and offshore patrol vessels for the navy.