Nova Scotia introduces compensation disclosure act
Halifax — Under Nova Scotia’s new Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act, people working for public sector bodies who earn $100,000 or more each year will have their names and salaries disclosed in an audited statement online. The legislation will apply to Crown corporations, agencies, boards and government business enterprises. It will also apply to any body designated in regulations. The new legislation will make it easier for taxpayers to see where their money is going and to judge for themselves whether the compensation is reasonable, said Minister of Finance Graham Steele. The first mandatory report under the legislation will be for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Unionized public sector wages cooling
Ottawa — Negotiated wages in the public sector are cooling and were lower than wages in the private sector in the third quarter of 2010, according to the federal government’s monthly workplace bulletin. The average increase seen for unionized public sector workers in the third quarter was 1.8 per cent, a decrease of 2.8 per cent from the last time the parties negotiated and lower than the average 2.2-per-cent increase seen in private sector agreements. Regionally, the highest wage adjustments were in Saskatchewan and Alberta (2.9 per cent) and the lowest were in British Columbia (0.5 per cent). The data is based on 54 public sector settlements, covering 332,560 employees, and 26 private sector settlements, covering 144,850 employees.