Halifax nurses ordered back to work

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Protesters from the NSGEU standing in front of Province House on Tuesday.

Nova Scotia’s  Labour Board has ordered striking members of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union Local 97 in Halifax back to work

According to the union’s website April 1,  the board issued a cease and desist order this afternoon. 

“The Board was satisfied after an investigation of the complaint by the Program Officer that a stoppage of work has occurred and is continuing contrary to the provisions of the Trade Union Act,” it stated.

President Joan Jessome’s statement on the site said the union was asking all its registered nurses to comply with the board order by reporting for their next scheduled shift.

The NSGEU plans to picket the legislature Wednesday and may be back on the picket lines Thursday morning..

“The NSGEU has given notice that we plan to hold a legal strike,” Jessome’s message says.  “Due to the incredible response of health care workers and concerned Nova Scotians speaking out against this  (essential services) legislation, it is now looking like we may be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 3rd.

“At that time, we will be taking further job action, and we need you out there with us, fighting this draconian legislation.”

More on the essential services legislation.

The effects of Tuesday’s job action have been felt beyond the borders of Capital Health. A number of surgeries were cancelled in Annapolis Valley Health and further impacts on provincial health services are expected. 

Organizations: Labour Board, Nova Scotia Government Employees Union Local, Trade Union

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Annapolis Valley Health

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