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Mediator appointed in Halifax health dispute

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has appointed a mediator in an effort to prevent a strike by about 3,600 hospital workers in Halifax next week.

Bruce Outhouse, a mediator, arbitrator and lawyer, has been appointed to help resolve the labour dispute.

Labour Minister Marilyn More says the appointment is intended to support both the unionized workers and management reach a settlement ahead of a strike that could happen Wednesday morning.

The union represents workers in a range of jobs, including nurses, occupational therapists, medical lab technicians and social workers.

The workers want a 5.1 per cent raise in the first year to match an arbitrator's award for registered nurses, and cost of living increases for the remaining years of a three-year contract.

The Capital District Health Authority offered an annual one per cent pay increase for three years.

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