03/19/2012 07:01 EDT | Updated 05/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Health care workers in Halifax area vote 91 per cent in favour of strike action

HALIFAX - Health care workers in the Halifax area have voted in favour of strike action to back their contract demands.

Of the workers who voted Monday 91 per cent were in favour of a strike.

The 3,500 workers represented by the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union are employed by the Capital Health District.

They include occupational therapists, lab technicians, emergency room paramedics and social workers.

The workers want the same 5.1 per cent wage increase awarded nurses last fall, plus a cost of living increase in each year of the next two years — they have been offered one per cent in each of a three-year contract.

Three days have been set aside in early April for conciliation and if that fails the workers could be on the picket line by April 24.