Mediation talks has failed between the Union of Northern Workers and GNWT. The announcement comes following mediation talks between the two last week. The talks was adjourned late on the 26th, a day earlier than the expected 27th. Mediator Vince Ready decided to adjourn the talks when it became clear that the parties are still far apart after almost three years of negotiations.

In a release from the Union of Northern Workers, UNW President Todd Parsons says the key issues at the bargaining table is job security and fair wage.

“It is really a sad state of affairs when after all this time, the government still thinks employees should subsidize its overly-ambitious infrastructure plans. Our members need a living wage and at the very least deserve wage increases that keep pace with inflation.”

Parsons says the GNWT expects a $200 million surplus this fiscal year, but expects it’s employees to accept a wage offer that doesn’t address cost of living increases.

“It’s outrageous and insulting and completely disrespectful to the employees who serve the people of the Northwest Territories.”

With the mediation talks failed, strike training has begun. Strike training begun with Hay River training over the weekend. further strike training dates and locations will be posted on the Union of Northern Workers facebook group and website.