10/02/2013 09:27 EDT | Updated 12/02/2013 05:12 EST

Newfoundland and Labrador reaches tentative agreement with health-care workers

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reached a tentative agreement with the union representing 600 workers in the health-care system.

The province says the four-year agreement between the government and the Association of Allied Health Professionals includes the same framework as a deal it recently reached with the Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

The agreements include a five-per-cent salary increase over the term of the agreement.

The government says there is no salary increase in the first two years of the deal, but a two-per-cent wage hike in the third year, and a three-per-cent increase in the fourth year.

If the tentative agreement is accepted in a vote planned for the coming weeks, workers will get a $1,400 signing bonus on a pro-rated basis in the second year.