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Crown attorneys walk off the job in Nova Scotia over loss of arbitration

23-10-2019

Perry Borden, the president of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys' Association (left), is seen with Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel (right), on Oct. 23, 2019. (Natasha Pace/CTV Atlantic)

 

HALIFAX -- Most of Nova Scotia's Crown attorneys are going on strike today, with a negotiator for the prosecutors' union predicting "chaos" in courtrooms across the province.

 

Rick Woodburn, lead negotiator for the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys' Association, says it's a legal protest against proposed provincial legislation aimed at eliminating the group's right to binding arbitration.

 

He says about 20 of the province's 100 prosecutors will remain on the job to handle murder cases, sexual assaults and other serious crimes.

 

However, Woodburn says routine cases won't have prosecutors available through the day, and he doubted replacements would be available.

 

Premier Stephen McNeil has said the legislation is necessary because the province can't afford the salary increases sought by prosecutors.

 

The Crown attorneys are seeking a 17 per cent raise over four years, which is higher than an established wage pattern set for the public sector.

 

The province is offering a seven per cent increase over four years.

 

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