03/06/2014 11:16 EST | Updated 05/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland jail guards reach tentative deal with five per cent salary bump

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Guards and other employees in Newfoundland and Labrador's correctional service have reached a tentative deal with the provincial government.

The government says the agreement with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees affects about 265 workers represented by the union.

It says the deal shares the same framework as agreements it has reached with other unions.

It includes a five per cent salary increase that would be spread out over the final two years of the four-year contract.

The province says employees would also receive a one-time, pro-rated payment of $1,400.

The union says ratification votes will be held next week.