N.S. nurses lead in region

Wage award accepts provincial austerity goal
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/22/2011

The arbitration award that gives acute-care nurses at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax a new collective agreement continues to operate on the principle that NSGEU nurses will be the highest paid in Atlantic Canada.

Though, to be accurate, nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador are currently higher-paid, something the award calls “anomalous” and “reflective of a flourishing provincial economy.”

The interest arbitration portion of the contract (the balance of the new agreement was ratified in June) follows the provincial government’s guidelines of one per cent in 2009 and 2010, with 5.1 per cent in two installments in 2011.