12/03/2013 02:27 EST | Updated 02/02/2014 05:59 EST

B.C. government, union strike a tentative 5-year deal

The B.C. government and its employee union have reached five-year tentative agreements for 50,000 workers including community health and community social services workers.

The agreements will see wage increases in four of the five years, plus "Economic Stability Dividends" that will generate added wage increases in years when the provincial GDP growth exceeds projections, market adjustments and contract language to protect jobs.

“We entered into negotiations seeking fair and reasonable wage increases, market adjustments and job security for our members,” says BCGEU president Darryl Walker.

“In these uncertain economic times these tentative agreements are an investment in public services in our province and the women and men who deliver them.”

The five-year agreements, which still need to be ratified by BCGEU members, would expire on March 31, 2019.