NS: Premier not budging on strike position

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Premier Darrell Dexter said he can’t speculate as to whether or not the provincial government will intervene in negotiations between Metro Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508.

Premier Darrell Dexter — METRO FILE

[HALIFAX, NS] — The transit strike is now a week old, but Premier Darrell Dexter’s opinion on the possibility of provincial intervention hasn’t changed.

Dexter told reporters Thursday he can’t speculate as to whether or not the provincial government will intervene in negotiations between Metro Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508.

“The economic downturn has put a downward pressure on things like wages and benefits, and I think it’s natural enough that the representatives of working people are going to push back,” Dexter told reporters. “But my hope, of course, as always, is that it can be resolved in a respectful manner and that it can be done at the negotiating table.”

Dexter reiterated his desire for Metro Transit and the union to work together to resume the Access-a-Bus service. Currently, riders who use the service for dialysis have been accommodated, but Dexter would like to see that expanded.

Organizations: Amalgamated Transit Union Local

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  • Richard Arnold
    March 07, 2012 - 16:09

    Darrel Dexter is no better than the rest of the idiots running the transit stike, he is scared of loosing union funding for his party, Petter Kelly should fire them all and start over.