CUPE opposes N.S.'s proposed strike ban

Health-care disputes would be settled through binding mediation or arbitration
||Last Updated: 10/30/2007

The president of Canada's largest union, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), has publicly decried Nova Scotia's proposed legislation to ban strikes by health-care workers.

The proposed legislation, the product of public consultations that started in June, would ban strikes and lockouts and settle bargaining impasse with binding mediation or binding arbitration.

Paul Moist, CUPE president and Danny Cavanaugh, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, wrote Premier Rodney McDonald stating they are "deeply disturbed" to hear the province is introducing legislation to amend the Trade Union Act in order to "take away the right to strike from some 32,000 health and community care workers in Nova Scotia."