12/04/2015 11:57 EST | Updated 12/04/2016 00:12 EST

Union for Nova Scotia civil servants delays contract vote to mid-January

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says it has put a ratification vote on hold until mid-January for 7,600 provincial civil servants.

Union president Joan Jessome says the decision was made during a conference call with the union's executive and bargaining committee on Thursday.

The union delayed a vote scheduled for this week after the province's 9,000 teachers rejected a similar tentative deal on Tuesday.

Jessome says the union wants to take more time to conduct information meetings with its locals throughout the province before putting the tentative deal to a vote.

She says there is a sense of anger and wanting to push back on the part of the membership after the government issued an ultimatum demanding that a vote be held by Monday.

The government appeared to back away from that stance on Thursday, however the premier has said legislation is one of the options under consideration to end the impasse with both unions.

The Canadian Press