Dalhousie votes to roll back benefits for some non-unionized workers

Dalhousie council has voted to roll back benefits for six of its non-unionized employees in an effort to safe the town money.

Council was split so the final decision came down to mayor Normand Pelletier who says there were many discussions and heated debates held on the matter.

Pelletier says salary packages were based on three major industries, none of which are in Dalhousie anymore, and that the cuts were necessary to adapt to today's financial landscape.

The Tribune reports some senior non-unionized employees had been enjoying six to nine weeks of vacation, eleven statutory holidays, eight floating holidays, as well as six sick days each year.

The new policy freezes vacations at six weeks after 25 years, axes floating holidays, and reduces the number of sick days to three.

(with files from the Tribune)