06/01/2012 03:36 EDT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Unionized health workers outside Halifax ratify two-year agreement

HALIFAX - Health-care workers employed with eight district health authorities outside of Halifax have voted 91 per cent in favour of a new contract.

The workers are represented by the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

They work in public health, continuing care and addiction services.

The deal covers a two-year term from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012.

The union says the workers will get a one per cent wage increase in each year of the deal.

The agreement also improves several provisions including meal and retention allowances, shift premiums and vacation entitlements.