02/16/2012 05:37 EST | Updated 04/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Union for Nova Scotia health workers files for conciliation, plans strike vote

HALIFAX - The union that represents about 3,800 workers at Nova Scotia's largest health board has filed for conciliation and plans to hold a strike vote.

The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union Local 42, which represents employees of the Capital District Health Authority, says it can't accept the employer's latest offer.

In a statement, the union says the wage offer falls behind cost of living increases.

The local includes health workers in Halifax and Hants County, as well as public health workers and employees who travel with dialysis units to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

They include nurses, occupational therapists, paramedics and social workers.

The provincial government has said it needs to hold wage increases to one per cent a year as part of its deficit reduction plan.