06/15/2012 04:30 EDT | Updated 08/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Halifax-area health workers get 7.5 per cent wage increase over three years

HALIFAX - An arbitrator has awarded a 7.5 per cent wage increase over three years to health-care workers in the Halifax area.

Thomas Kuttner had been asked to come up with a three-year wage deal for Local 42 of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

The union wanted a nine per cent wage increase and went to the brink of a strike in April before agreeing to have wages settled through arbitration.

Kuttner was asked to pick a number between 6.5 per cent and just over nine per cent.

The 3,000 members of the local include lab technologists, licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, operating room technicians and others.

They all work for Capital Health at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre or other medical facilities in the Halifax area and part of Hants County.