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Province Files Injunction to Stop Strike Action
The province has filed a notice of action and motion for an injunction in Nova Scotia Supreme Court that would force Crown attorneys to stop their illegal strike action.
The Crown attorneys walked off the job today, Oct. 23.
“Our government values Crown attorneys and the important work they do across the province but this is an illegal strike and they can’t just walk off the job,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is about protecting the public safety of Nova Scotians and ensuring our court system continues to function. We did everything we could to get a deal with the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys Association but they refused to bend. We would, however, still welcome them back to the negotiating table.”
Government believes this move is necessary to maintain its fiscal plan – to ensure the sustainability of public services, and to keep Nova Scotia on the path of continued economic growth and long-term success.
— the current framework agreement with the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys Association was initiated in 2012, and extended in 2016. The employment agreement expired March 31, 2019
— government offered a seven per cent increase in pay over four years and offered two-thirds of the workforce the ability to jump up the pay scale by four per cent over and above the seven per cent increase
— the association was seeking a 17 per cent increase in pay over four years, plus several additional benefits, all of which would have equated to an annual increase of over $5.2 million
— this is significantly higher than the wage pattern established in recently settled public sector agreements – and much more than government can afford
— Nova Scotia Crown attorneys currently make up to $149,149 annually – the highest in Atlantic Canada
— this will increase to about $160,000 annually under the established wage pattern