NS government shouldn't intervene in health care labour dispute

Halifax—The Nova Scotia legislature will reconvene on Friday for the introduction of legislation to deal with the home support workers’ strike that is set to begin on Friday. While we don’t have the details of the legislation, we want to caution against interfering in the collective bargaining process in this way.

The legislation will impose a so-called “essential services” provision that, to all intents and purposes, amounts to removing these workers’ right to strike.  If enough employees are forced to work, then a strike is rendered meaningless.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-NS has published several reports about the importance of free and fair collective bargaining that must include the right to strike. 

These reports can be found here: