11/14/2013 10:36 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:56 EST

Nova Scotia nurses ratify deal that offers wage hikes, addresses workload

HALIFAX - About 6,000 nurses in Nova Scotia have ratified a two-year agreement that provides them wage increases.

The Nova Scotia Nurses' Union says the deal offers the Victorian Order of Nurses, acute and long-term care nurses a pay hike of 2.5 per cent retroactive to November 2012 and another of three per cent as of this month.

Janet Hazelton, president of the union, says she is especially pleased the agreement has been ratified because it includes terms that allows nurses to address issues affecting their workload.

Hazelton says she expects that will increase the number of nurses at patient bedsides.

The contract expires Oct. 31, 2014.