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Nova Scotia gripped by labour pains

What now?

That’s the question everyone is asking following the rejection by 61 per cent of teachers who voted Tuesday on a tentative contract agreement with the provincial government.

Against the recommendation of their executive, teachers turned down the offer, which included a three per cent wage increase over four years, the end of the long- service award and no controversial components of the education minister’s action plan that would have affected teachers’ daily work lives.

While the result may not have been a surprise for people who watched as the groundswell around a no vote developed over the last two weeks, people within the labour community say it was the least-likely scenario they expected.

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