The mediator explains the negotiation crisis between GNWT and UNW


Mediator Jacquie de Aguayo has found that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) have reached an impasse in their efforts to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

Mediation between the GNWT and UNW began on December 14, 2023. At the end of the last mediation session on April 20, 2024, Mediator de Aguayo noted that the parties were too far apart on important issues to reach an agreement at this time achieve. It required each party to submit its “best and final proposals” by May 3, 2024 and then make non-binding recommendations for consideration by the parties.

The GNWT remains committed to reaching a collective agreement with UNW that is fair to employees, fiscally responsible and financially sustainable.

The GNWT offers a competitive salary and benefits package that is among the most generous in Canada. To maintain this competitive advantage, the GNWT remains committed to entering into a collective bargaining agreement that is comparable to or better than recent public service collective bargaining agreements in other parts of Canada. These include measures to improve reconciliation, wages to address cost of living challenges and benefits to retain and support the recruitment of qualified staff, particularly healthcare professionals.

The GNWT thanks Mediator de Aguayo for the progress made through the mediation.

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Toyeke Adedipe
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Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
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