HALIFAX -- The Halifax police strike officially ended Wednesday afternoon when city council gave formal approval at a special meeting to the new three-year contract by ratifying the recommendations of the city's negotiating team..
Approval was given by city council following informal ratification by both the city and the Halifax Police Patrolmen's Association Tuesday night.
The recommendations included a three-year collective agreement starting Jan. 1, 1981 and running until Dec. 31, 1983.
A lump sum pay-up and wage reopener for 1980 that was included in the patrolmen's previous contract was set at $550.
Salaries, the main point of contention in seven-week strike, were set at $23,000 as of Jan. 1, 1981, $25,650 in 1982, $28,000 on Jan. 1, 1983 and$29,000 on July 1, 1983.
The 196 patrolmen, scheduled to return to their beats Thursday, also won a shift differential in the last two years of the deal which would give them an extra 10 and 20 cents an hour for hours worked between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. during 1982 and 1983 respectively.