Salary increases lower than expected for 1,800 Nova Scotia civil servants

Managers, support staff will get less than the 2.9-per-cent increase for unionized workers

Non-unionized civil servants in Nova Scotia will be getting smaller raises than expected this year.

The province can't afford to give 1,800 managers and support staff the same 2.9-per-cent increase their unionized colleagues received, said the new NDP government.

Instead, the non-unionized employees will receive wage increases of one per cent in 2009 and 2010.

For the past decade, there had been wage parity among unionized and non-unionized government workers. Whatever the unions negotiated, managers and their support staff got the same.

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