12/07/2013 11:55 EST | Updated 02/06/2014 05:59 EST

Moncton city council approves wage increases for 230 city workers

MONCTON, N.B. - About 230 unionized city workers in Moncton, N.B., have a new contract that includes wage increases.

A news release says Moncton city council approved the four-year deal yesterday.

The agreement is retroactive from Jan. 1 of this year and includes a six per cent wage increase over four years.

The workers — which include clerical and technical staff, supervisors and managers — represent a third of the city's workforce.

Mayor George LeBlanc said in a statement that the employees are crucial to delivering services to residents.

He says the agreement treats workers fairly while being fiscally responsible.