Nova Scotia

Halifax Water workers back on the job after 2-month strike

More than 300 unionized employees with Halifax Water returned to work today after being off the job for nearly two months.

Unionized members voted to accept 5-year contract this week, ending 2-month contract dispute

CUPE officials offer an update to media in June, after negotiations broke down in the labour dispute with Halifax Water. (CBC)

More than 300 unionized employees with Halifax Water returned to work today after being off the job for nearly two months.

On Wednesday, members of CUPE Locals 227 and 1431 voted to accept a five-year contract, ending the contract dispute which began May 19.

Jim Vibert, speaking for the utility, said it's been "an emotional time" for employees.

"People are feeling anxiety, some people are concerned about their financial situation and Halifax Water has put on extra supports and staff so that there are ways for people to deal with those emotions, either in a confidential way or talking to people in the management of the company," he said.

Vibert said most workers were back on the job by 8:30 a.m. He said management has made a list of priorities for them to do when they start.

"Supervisors, managers and directors all have a list of work that has been waiting to be done that they're eager to get to," he said.

During the work stoppage, essential duties were handled by managers and private contractors.

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