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Bombardier workers in La Pocatière end strike

12/06/2012 07:03 EST | Updated 02/05/2013 05:12 EST
The strike at Bombardier Transport in La Pocatière, Que. is coming to an end after almost five weeks.

On Wednesday evening, the unionized workers at Bombardier's rail equipment plant voted to accept a concilliator's recommendation for a new collective agreement.

Union president, Mario Lévesque, said the labourers have won a major victory.

"This major gain, it is the result of the solidarity of the workers and all those who supported them in their fight for work," he said.

Union members gathered for a meeting in La Pocatière, northeast of Quebec city, to vote 82 per cent in favour of accepting the recommendation.

The 330 members of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, who have been without a contract since September, could resume work as early as this morning.

The new deal includes a two per cent annual wage increase for the next three years.

In an interview on Monday with the Canadian Press, Bombardier spokesman Marc Laforge said he was optimistic workers would be able to resume work soon.

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