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Finance Minister Tom Marshall says a signing bonus paid to civil servants will cost the government about $62.5 million.

Newfoundland and Labrador public sector workers got a little something extra in their pockets just in time for Christmas.

A $1,400 signing bonus was included in this week's paycheque for all employees, albeit with deductions made for taxes. 

The money is part of a collective agreement that unions reached with the provincial government earlier this fall.

The deal includes a five per cent salary increase over four years.

Earlier this month, Finance Minister Tom Marshall disclosed that the signing bonus will cost the government about $62.5 million.