Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan nurses approve 2-year contract

Saskatchewan nurses have approved a two-year contract that gives them a lump sum of cash plus a two per cent wage increase

Saskatchewan nurses have approved a two-year contract that gives them a lump sum of cash plus a two per cent wage increase

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says more than 92 per cent of nurses who voted approved the offer.

The deal includes a two per cent lump-sum payment in lieu of a wage increase in the first year.

The union says that's because Saskatchewan nurses are already above the Canadian western average so it couldn't negotiate a pay hike in the first year.

There would be a two per cent wage increase in the second year of the deal.

The agreement also says regional health authorities would have to keep, as a minimum, the number of full-time equivalent nurses employed as of Nov. 1, 2007.

with files from CBC

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