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More than 400 home-care workers go on strike as legislature reconvenes

HALIFAX – More than 400 home-care workers in Halifax are off the job to back their demands for higher wages as the Nova Scotia government prepared to make them an essential service.

The government’s essential services bill was introduced in the legislature and sent to committee to hear from witnesses this afternoon.

It would require most of the strikers to go back to work in the days ahead.

The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says striking workers at Northwood Homecare want the same pay as their counterparts in hospitals.

The home-care workers supply services provided by Northwood to about 18-hundred people living at home.

The legislation would also affect workers at the Victorian Order of Nurses and those represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

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Hundreds of strikers demonstrated outside the legislature Friday, many of them carrying placards.

Administrators at Northwood say alternative arrangements have been made to help some, but not all home-care clients.

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