Talks between the province and the union representing 8,000 of their workers have broken down.
Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union representatives agreed to put off their application hearing for arbitration which was scheduled for this week in order to try and work out a deal with their employer at the table.
Going into conciliation talks, both sides were optimistic a deal could be reached though negotiations.
But a statement released last night by the NSGEU says government officials refused to budge on issues of key importance.
Union President Jason MacLean now expects government to keep their word and not oppose the union's move to go to arbitration.
The province's civil servants have been without a contract since March of 2015.
— NSGEU (@NSGEU) August 8, 2017