With a strike by government lawyers in its 18th week, the provincial government is going to make a 'final' offer.

On Thursday, Treasury Board president Pierre Moreau said the lawyers and notories, who belong to the LANEQ union, had moved away from common ground in an offer they had made on Tuesday.

Moreau said the government would make their fifth offer and he expects the union to respond within 24 hours.

Last week the union voted to continue their strike against the recommendation of the union's executives.

Moreau hinted that the provincial government would be willing to talk for another few weeks if progress is made during negotiations. He did not rule out the government enacting back-to-work legislation.

Lawyers and notaries are asking for wage increases similar to what was given to Crown prosecutors last year.