FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1418, have signed a new collective agreement for about 1,200 employees.

They include social workers; probation and parole officers; human resource development officers; recreation and culture program officers; and human rights officers. They work mainly at the departments of Social Development, Public Safety, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour as well as Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

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 four-year agreement includes annual wage increases of one per cent.