07/30/2013 09:51 EDT | Updated 09/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia civil servants ratify contract that will increase their wages

HALIFAX - The union that represents more than 8,000 civil servants in Nova Scotia says they have ratified a tentative agreement that increases their wages.

The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says nearly 94 per cent of their members who voted on the deal reached with the provincial government supported it.

The three-year contract includes annual wage increases of two per cent, 2.5 per cent and three per cent beginning April 1, 2012.

It covers administrative professionals, child-protection workers, food inspectors, accountants, clerks and correctional officers, among other workers in the civil service.

The tentative agreement was reached July 9.