The provincial government of Nova Scotia,Canada is going to pass a law prohibiting a strike by almost 10000 health care workers belonging to 2 unions. The NSNU has 4300 members (mostly R.N.+ some LPN ) the rest belong to NSGEU and are mostly RN + some diagnostic like lab,xray,physio.
We will lose the right to a legal strike til 2004, will have a contract imposed on us by the govt. and, if we have an illegal strike the unions will be fined 50,000 plus each individual striking fined 2000 for the first day then 500 daily.
I belong to NSNU and we just rejected by a vote of 75% the first tentative agreement.The main sore points were losing special unit pay (1260/yr.) and instead the new classification of Float (resource) nurse getting up to 1.25/hr. and MANDATORY callback .We are now going to implement work to rule....Any comments???web page