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Fight Back Against Bill 148

Bill 148, the Public Service Sustainability Act, will, if proclaimed, impose a four year wage pattern of 0%,0%,1%,1.5%, and 0.5% (on the last day of the contract) on thousands of members working in virtually all sectors represented by the NSGEU. The Bill will also, if proclaimed, end the accrual of long service awards for those members who have them effective April 1, 2015, and these awards will be paid at 2014 wage rates.

Stephen McNeil said he wouldn’t legislate a wage pattern. Now he is.

“Meanwhile on Friday, Premier Stephen McNeil denied contracts would be forced on anyone….

“Was I legislating a wage pattern? No, I wasn’t.” (CBC, Nov. 23, 2015)

(http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nstu-province-threat-contract-imposed-1.3330343)

Thousands of NSGEU members will not have an opportunity to bargain with their employer in any meaningful way. The government has taken this right away.

The government says it plans not to proclaim this legislation unless something happens that interferes with its fiscal mandate. This is a threat which further detracts from meaningful collective bargaining.

Bill 148 will be at Law Amendments on December 15th. Sign up to speak against this reactionary legislation

This is the time to have your voice heard. 

Please call, or email the Legislative Counsel Office as soon as you can to let them know you would like to present at the Committee Hearing.

Legislative Counsel Office – Tel: (902) 424-8941

Fax: (902) 424-0547

Email: Legc.office@novascotia.ca

For information about presenting at Law Amendments you can visit this link –http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/get-involved/submissions_faq/

Here are some important documents about this Bill for your reference.

Government Summary – Public Service Sustainability

Government Power Point on PSSA

Government Bill- Public Service Sustainability Act

Please stay tuned for more updates.

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2 Responses to Fight Back Against Bill 148

  1. Mike December 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    How can this be legal?

  2. bob mcintyre December 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    The civil service section of our union has been under “subtle ” attack for the entire 25 years I have been employed. This bill strips basic benefits fought for many years ago. I’m thinking the public that elected them had no idea their true agenda. Our president stated many years ago to me labour is under attack; now here we are.

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