The Board`s decision is consistent with Bill 148, which provides for a public service award freeze on April 1, 2015. This means that public servants will no longer receive additional weeks of service after April 1, 2015. Halifax (07 Dec 2017) – The Public Service Court of Arbitration, chaired by Tom Cromwell, has issued its decision to enter into a collective agreement for members of the public service. The NSGEU/NUPGE represents approximately 7,300 members working in the public service. The arbitration body`s decision results in a collective agreement that expires on April 1, 2021. . The Board of Directors provided for salary increases as provided for in Bill 148, but then included, as the union requested in its letters, two more years of increases. Wages will rise as follows: „The patience and commitment of our members for a better agreement has been the key to this agreement.“ – Jason MacLean, President of the NSGEU „We have just received the decision and we are still reviewing it, but our first reaction is that we are very satisfied with the result,“ says Jason MacLean, President of the Union of Governments and General Employees (NSGEU/NUPGE). However, the arbitration award does not prevent the NSGEU/NUPGE from pursuing its legal challenge to Bill 148.

Although it will take some time, the court will ultimately rule on bill 148`s result. The arbitration body violated the province`s salary limitation plan by assigning an additional two years at a combined price of 2 per cent per annum. NSGEU/NUPGE is pleased that the Board of Directors has accepted the union`s proposal to extend the contract by two years and to offer salary increases beyond those provided by provincial wage restraint laws.