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Union says territory should cut infrastructure, raise wages – Cabin Radio

Union members protesting outside the territorial legislature demanded ministers drop the NWT’s infrastructure spending to increase government workers’ wages.

As bargaining over a new collective agreement continues, the Union of Northern Workers and territorial government have repeatedly clashed over the amount of money the territory has at its disposal.

The territorial government says its operational surpluses are partly used to build things like schools, health facilities, and housing. The union wants some of those surpluses diverted to pay for larger annual wage increases.

Currently, the territory is offering a two-year wage freeze followed by annual increases of 1% and 1.1%. The union’s demands begin at 3% per year.

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