Nova Scotia Nurses' Union demands same pay bump after arbitration award

Truro's Janet Hazelton has served as president of the NSNU since October 2002 (NSNU)

The Nova Scotia Nurses' Union says a 12 per cent pay increase awarded earlier this week to hundreds of licensed practical nurses who work in Halifax, should be extended to their counterparts across the province.

The decision was made by independent arbitrator after the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union argued the scope of practice and responsibilities of its members employed by the health authority in the Halifax region had been expanded.

The retroactive pay bump that could see some nurses get as much as $36,000 dates back to the union's formal complaint in March 2014.

Nova Scotia Nurses' Union president Janet Hazelton says 1,300 of the licensed practical nurses her union represents are now demanding "immediate action" on having the pay raise extended to them.

Hazelton says they are doing the same work across the province and any disparity in compensation is "egregious."

Hazelton said the matter of parity in pay is important to the province's health system.