Nova Scotia’s deputy premier says the government can’t budge from its offer to school and hospital support staff who are poised to strike throughout the province.

Frank Corbett says they are sticking to their offer of a one per cent wage hike for school and hospital employees not employed by the Halifax regional school board or the Capital District Health Authority.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it needs a 2.9 per cent wage increase to maintain wage parity with workers in metro Halifax.

Corbett says he’s urging both sides get back to the table to avert a strike Monday by almost 8,000 workers.

John McCracken of CUPE says there will be labour unrest if they don’t get the wage increase they’re seeking. But Corbett says the NDP government is in no position to boost salaries since it’s saddled with a deficit of almost $600 million.

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