Nova Sco­tia teach­ers file for court to end im­posed con­tract

Cape Breton Post - - Province -

HAL­I­FAX - The Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union has for­mally no­ti­fied the prov­ince it is go­ing to court to chal­lenge a law that has im­posed a labour agree­ment on its mem­bers.

The pub­lic sec­tor union sub­mit­ted its no­tice of ap­pli­ca­tion on Wed­nes­day, say­ing it’s bas­ing the chal­lenge on sec­tions of the con­sti­tu­tion that guar­an­tee free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion and free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

The Lib­eral leg­is­la­tion im­posed a con­tract in Fe­bru­ary that re­stricted wage in­creases to three per cent over four years and freezes a long-ser­vice award as of July 2015 for the 9,300 teach­ers.

The gov­ern­ment has ar­gued re­peat­edly that it needed to set a pat­tern of wage re­straint to cope with the prov­ince’s high lev­els of debt. The union says in a news re­lease that the Lib­er­als de­lib­er­ately en­gaged in prac­tices de­signed to erode the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing process, cul­mi­nat­ing in the cre­ation of its Bill 75.

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