FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has signed a two-year collective agreement with Crown counsel and Crown prosecutors working in the Office of the Attorney General.

Human Resources Minister Troy Lifford and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais joined union representatives at an official signing today.

"I thank the negotiating teams for their co-operation in reaching this agreement," said Lifford.  "This group is the latest to complete the process of a two-year wage freeze, followed by two years of two-per-cent wage increases. Almost all public sector unions have now completed the wage-freeze process, and our government is hopeful that all groups will do so by March 31."

Today's signing formalized a tentative agreement reached on Dec. 19 between the provincial government and the two unions representing employees.

The New Brunswick Crown Counsel Association and New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors' Association represent Crown prosecutors who provide public prosecution services on behalf of the attorney general; and Crown counsel who provide legislative drafting services and legal advice and representation to government departments and agencies.

"The province's Crown counsel and Crown prosecutors are key players in New Brunswick's justice system, and we are pleased the negotiating teams were able to come up with an agreement that is fair for everyone," said Blais.

The agreement gives 109 employees a two-per-cent wage increase in each of the two years.