Workers at Le Journal de Montréal have accepted a contract offer aimed at ending the two-year lockout at the Quebecor Inc. tabloid.

About two-thirds of the employees who voted on Saturday endorsed the offer.

About 250 employees were locked out in January 2009. 

Details of the settlement were not immediately available, although sources indicated the latest offer provides employment for only about 60 workers.

The employees rejected the previous contract offer in October by a vote of 89.3 per cent.

The newspaper has continued to operate during the lockout with the help of management, other media owned by Quebecor and various news agencies.

The locked-out workers have been running an online newspaper, Rue Frontenac, which has also published a weekly print edition in recent months.

Pierre Karl Peladeau, chief executive of Quebecor, recently defended the lockout, dismissing the suggestion its flagship publication only survived by circumventing anti-strikebreaker laws.