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The GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers have agreed to mediation. What does it mean for you?

Dispute with the Union of Northern Workers continues

A labour dispute between the GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers that began two years ago continues. For the past two years, the government and the union have been deadlocked over the issue of public employees’ salaries, with the union demanding a three per-cent increase for a three year period and the government’s offering falling far below that. The government has made clear that they are unable to afford the demands of the union and in April 70% of union members voted in favour of a strike.

How does this affect me?

Should the union go on strike, all operations will cease besides those that are deemed as “essential and emergency services.” However, it was recently announced that the government and the union will be returning to the bargaining table. The two sides have agreed to mediation to cease the labour dispute. It is expected that mediation proceedings will begin in the Fall.