11/05/2012 06:11 EST | Updated 01/05/2013 05:12 EST

B.C. government workers vote 64 per cent in favour of contract agreement

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's 25,000 government workers have given luke-warm endorsement to a new contract reached with the province in September.

Sixty-four per cent of the members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union involved in the talks voted in favour of the two-year pact.

The agreement gives workers a four per cent wage increase, job security and cancels any plans by the government to private liquor distribution in the province.

The contract covers dozens of groups of workers from sheriffs and social workers to administrative and support services staff in government agencies around the province.

BCGEU president Darryl Walker says the agreement will mean real improvements for members.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the agreement shows the government is making significant progress towards negotiated agreements, despite global fiscal challenges.