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NSGEU Local 47 on Strike for Pay Parity

by David Bush

Come show your support for the striking workers of NSGEU Local 47 Monday to Friday at the corner of Cornwallis and Gottingen from 7:30- 9am.


Press Release

Employees of Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority on strike

Halifax - Members of Nova Scotia Government&  General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 47, employees of Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority are on strike.

“I am incredibly disappointed in the Department of Community Services and the Metro Regional Housing Authority as they have forced these workers to withdraw their services in order to get parity,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.

The Local has been in negotiations for their first contract since 2009. The conciliation process failed and the conciliator filed their report on April 1st triggering a 14 day countdown.

The outstanding issue is parity with the women and men who do the same jobs at the Cobequid Housing Authority.

“Parity is a well established principle that government supports in health care and in home support. Why not for these workers?” says Jessome. “That is not fair and these workers are standing together to make sure they are treated fairly.”

Members of Local 47 voted 85% in favour of a strike on February 13. They were legally able to strike as of 12:01 this morning.

Members of Local 47 provide important support and services to thousands of seniors, families and individuals who live in housing units in the HRM and Hants County. They work as application staff and income review staff, collectors and accounting clerks, purchasing and warehouse staff, property clerks, receptionists, administrative clerks and social workers. They all work to provide safe and affordable housing for residents of Halifax and Hants Counties.

Deedee Slye
NSGEU Communications Officer

Nova Scotia Government&  General Employees Union
100 Eileen Stubbs Ave.,
Dartmouth, NS. B3B 1Y6
Office: 902-424-4063
Toll-free in NS: 1-877-55-NSGEU(67438)

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