Government workers will not strike Monday

UNW president Todd Parsons announces strike notice to the GNWT at a February 5th news conference. Emelie Peacock photo
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Unionized GNWT workers will not strike Monday, as both sides agree to be bound by a mediator’s recommendation.

Two days of mediation between the Government of the Northwest Territories and the union failed to get both sides to craft a tentative agreement. However, they have agreed to be bound by the recommendations of veteran mediator Vince Ready.

“As a condition of agreeing to be bound by Mr. Ready’s recommendations, there will be no strike by the 4,000 members of the Union of Northern Workers at the GNWT,” a government press release states.

No information was provided about Northwest Territories Power Corporation workers, who were also put on strike action notice starting Monday.

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Ready says both parties made “considerable progress.” Issues remain, including economic increases, job security and the terms of the agreement.

Ready says he plans to put out a report with binding recommendations within 30 days.

Until then, a media blackout will be imposed which means no reporting on the recommendations can happen in this time as neither side can speak with the media about their concerns.

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