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Human Resources Minister Jay Abbass said today that the
government has decided it will not join an appeal to a recent
Supreme Court ruling regarding the government's wage restraint

"The Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board has filed a
notice of appeal. I understand this action was taken by the board
in order to keep its legal options open. The government has
decided not to participate in any appeal. We have communicated
that decision to the board," the minister said.

"Government's original intention was to protect certain public
sector employees who made less than $25,000 per year. The board,
albeit in good faith, excluded a number of employees from the
legislation's protective provisions. This was subsequently
overturned by the Supreme Court. In the interest of treating our
employees fairly, we are accepting the court's decision."


Contact: Margaret Murphy  902-424-4880

trp                       Apr. 11, 1996 - 4:28 p.m.