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Halifax Water and union reach tentative agreement

Halifax Water and the union representing 330 of its workers reached a tentative agreement last night that could possibly end a strike almost two month old.

Members will vote on ratifying the deal Monday and it will go to the utility's board for approval

Greg Prime anticipates the union will get the details in the next few days. (CBC)

Halifax Water and the union representing 330 of its workers reached a tentative agreement Saturday night that could possibly end a strike almost two month old.

A release from the utility says it covers all outstanding issues, including the most contentious one: changes to the pension plan.

The membership of CUPE locals 227 and 1431 will vote on ratifying the agreement Monday and it will go to the utility's board for approval.

Greg Prime, a member of CUPE 227, says he's relieved to hear a tentative agreement has been reached with Halifax Water.

On the picket line Sunday morning, he says he's missed a lot in the last 53 days.

"A paycheque, the disruption of your schedule," he said. "I've been working day shifts, I've been working overnights on the picket line. I've got a wife and a son at home, it would be nice to get back to a regular routine."

Details of the agreement will be released after the ratification process on Monday.

Prime says all they can do now is wait.

"We've been out here eight weeks, I think everybody is looking forward to getting back to work and hopefully everything will go smoothly in the next few days," he said.

"It will be brought to the board, they'll agree it's a good deal, we can get it ratified and can get back to work as soon as possible."

Halifax Water has been operating with about 100 non-unionized supervisory and management staff.

Now in its eighth week, the Halifax Water strike has endured several proposals that have been submitted and rejected by both sides.

The strike began on May 19 after the utility announced it would be making changes to employee pension plans. Members of CUPE Locals 227 and 1431 have since been camped out at various Halifax Water locations in the municipality.

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