11/13/2015 15:54 EST | Updated 11/13/2016 00:12 EST

Tentative contract reached with Nova Scotia's 7,600 civil servants

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government has reached a tentative contract deal with 7,600 civil servants.

Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union, says the bargaining unit's negotiating committee is recommending acceptance of the deal because it  protects job security and would prevent the government from using back-to-work legislation.

Jessome says the union was worried such legislation would take away job security provisions and set an unacceptable five-year wage pattern.

The four-year deal includes a wage freeze in first two years, a one per cent raise in the third year, 1.5 per cent on the first day of the fourth year and 0.5 per cent on the last day of the fourth year.

A ratification vote has been scheduled for the first week in December.

On Thursday, the Nova Scotia government reached a tentative deal with the province's 9,000 public school teachers.

The Canadian Press