03/01/2012 03:18 EST | Updated 05/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia premier says he won't intervene in month-long transit strike

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says the provincial government has no plans to intervene in the month-long transit strike in Halifax.

Dexter says the strike should be resolved through negotiations between management and the union.

He says the municipality and its employees have a responsibility to conduct their own labour relations.

City officials say their latest offer will remain open for consideration until Saturday.

But that offer was already rejected by 78 per cent of the unionized workers who cast ballots in a vote last week, mainly over the issue of shift scheduling.

Senior bus drivers want to maintain their right to pick shifts, but city officials say the system is too costly because many shifts have to be filled through overtime.

About 750 bus drivers, ferry workers and maintenance staff went on strike Feb. 2.