06/27/2012 08:03 EDT | Updated 08/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Audiologists, speech language pathologists vote to strike in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - More than 100 health-care workers at hearing and speech centres across Nova Scotia have voted to strike to back their contract demands.

The 138 workers, which include audiologists and speech language pathologists, are represented by Local 20 of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

In a statement, the union says 89 per cent of the ballots cast were in favour of strike action.

The union says it has been trying to negotiate a two-year collective agreement for 2010 to 2012 that is in line with contracts of other health-care workers in the province.

It says both sides remain at odds over wages, retirement packages and vacations.

The union says a provincial conciliator is expected to file a report next month with the government.

Workers will be in a legal strike position two weeks after the report is filed.