FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government and the New Brunswick Union have signed a new collective agreement for 260 laboratory technologists, public health inspectors, appraisers and assessors.

The employees work mainly at the departments of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Environment and Local Government, Health, Public Safety, and Service New Brunswick.

Human Resources Minister Denis Landry and union officials participated in the signing ceremony today.

“I thank the two negotiating teams for reaching this agreement,” said Landry. “This illustrates our commitment to ensuring that the government treats its employees with fairness by respecting the collective bargaining process.”

The contract runs for five years and three months. It includes annual economic wage increases of one per cent and an adjustment tied to the discontinuance of the retirement allowance benefit.