Public Service Sustainability Mandate

Government is committed to meaningful collective bargaining to achieve the outcome of sustainable public services for Nova Scotians.

Minister of Finance Randy Delorey, met with public sector leaders on August 18, 2015 to introduce the Public Service Sustainability Mandate.

Mandate

  • To meaningfully engage public sector employees through their unions in a collective bargaining process where efficiency, effectiveness and innovation are promoted and some of the benefits are shared with the employees
  • To achieve the Province’s fiscal plan and to protect and preserve public services and improve the lives of Nova Scotians by negotiating collective agreements that are affordable to the taxpayers of the province
  • Applies to all public sector employers whose collective agreements expire on or after March 31, 2014
  • Mandate provides employers the ability to negotiate five year agreements with a fixed fiscal envelope consistent with government’s published fiscal plan
  • Mandate enables employers to allocate some portions of cost savings or cost avoidance (as approved, achieved, and verified) to the fiscal envelope for wage increases in out years of the collective agreement achieved through innovation

Shared Gains

Collaborative approach to collective bargaining

Public sector employees identify innovative and collaborative ways to save money or avoid costs within existing budgets. This creates the possibility of modest wage increases for those employees and improved services for Nova Scotians.

Goals

  • Improve the lives of Nova Scotians by negotiating collective agreements that are fair to employees and affordable to tax payers
  • Achieve the Province’s fiscal plan while protecting and preserving essential public services
  • To meaningfully engage public sector employees through their unions in a collective bargaining process where efficiency, effectiveness and innovation are promoted and some of the benefits are shared with the employees for compensation purposes
  • To achieve the Province’s fiscal plan and to protect and preserve public services and improve the lives of Nova Scotians by negotiating collective agreements that are affordable to the taxpayers of the province

Principles

  • The Province will not provide additional funding over the amounts set out in the Province’s fiscal plan to fund increases in compensation negotiated in collective bargaining
  • Increases to compensation must not have a negative impact on the Province’s fiscal plan and not have a negative impact on levels of services
  • Funding for compensation increases, over the amounts set out in the fiscal plan, may come from budgeted and achieved cost reduction, budgeted and achieved cost avoidance, service redesign or other efficiency initiatives
  • Savings must be real, measurable, and achieved before being allocated to compensation increases
  • Agreements must be a minimum of five years in length