01/15/2013 05:28 EST | Updated 03/17/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C. community health workers get 2-year deal with 3 per cent wage hike

VICTORIA - A tentative contract has been reached for 14,000 community health workers in B.C.

The workers, who are represented by several unions, include those who help the elderly in their own homes, staff at adult day centres, child-development centres and mental-health group homes, and drug and alcohol counsellors.

David Streb of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union says the two-year agreement provides a three per cent wage increase and improvements in scheduling.

As with other recent labour contracts signed by the government, the wage hikes will come from savings to be found in existing budgets.

The deal still must be ratified by the union members and the Health Employers Association.