FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government signed a collective agreement today with the Crown prosecutors group represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.

The group includes 63 Crown prosecutors and family Crown counsel at the Office of the Attorney General.

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

Since October 2014 the provincial government has signed collective agreements with 22 union groups.

The five-and-a-half-year contract includes general economic increases of 4.8 per cent and an adjustment tied to the discontinuance of the retirement allowance benefit.