Nova Scotia legislature to consider steps to avoid strike by paramedics

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HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia legislature will meet today to consider steps to avoid a strike by the province’s 800 ground and air paramedics.

The NDP government has been mum on what form of legislation it may be considering, but Labour Minister Frank Corbett has already made assurances that public safety will not be put at risk with a strike.

The paramedics will be in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Union members have repeatedly rejected offers from their employer Emergency Medical Care, recently voting 73 per cent against a deal that would have given them a defined benefit pension plan — one of their key demands.

The union says it’s also seeking better wages — a 15 per cent pay hike over three years rather than the 11.1 per cent over almost five years that was offered in the tentative agreement.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says he expects the two sides to be pushed into arbitration by the province.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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