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Halifax nurses ordered to get back to work

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 01, 2014 - 3:10 PM |
Nurses protest against the introduction of the Essential Health and Community Services Act outside the legislature in Halifax on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The legislation would require unions and employers throughout the health-care sector to have an essential services agreement in place before strikes or lockouts start. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Nurses protest against the introduction of the Essential Health and Community Services Act outside the legislature in Halifax on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The legislation would require unions and employers throughout the health-care sector to have an essential services agreement in place before strikes or lockouts start. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Labour Board has issued a cease-and-desist order for Halifax nurses who did not show up to work prior to reaching a legal strike position.

Labour Minister Kelly Regan says union members who defy the order face fines.

The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union is asking the nurses it represents to comply with the order and report for their next scheduled work shift.

The union says it plans to go on strike when they reach their legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Dozens of surgeries were cancelled today after some nurses did not go to work in protest of essential services legislation that was introduced Monday night.

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