04/16/2013 04:17 EDT | Updated 06/16/2013 05:12 EDT

N.B. government, union reach deal that sees increases in future years

FREDERICTON - The provincial government has signed a collective agreement with the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees.

The union represents technical inspection, laboratory and medical bargaining groups.

Human Resources Minister Troy Lifford says the deal includes the province's two-year wage freeze.

Workers will not have wage increases for two years, followed by one per cent increases every six months for the next two years.

The agreement applies to about 270 employees at Service New Brunswick, the departments of Public Safety, Health and Social Development, along with laboratory technologists.

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