By The Canadian Press
About 3,600 unionized hospital workers in the Halifax area threatened to go on strike this past week.
© Ryan Taplin, Metro
Health care workers in Halifax rally outside the QEII hospital in Halifax earlier this month.
[HALIFAX, NS] — About 3,600 unionized hospital workers in the Halifax area who threatened to go on strike this week have ratified a tentative contract.
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees union said on its website that 90 per cent of the membership who voted approved the deal.
Under the deal, a board of arbitration will have to come up with pay increases that range between 6.5 per cent and nine per cent over three years.
The contract says a final decision should be made by June 15.
Deputy premier Frank Corbett says he's relieved that the union accepted the deal.
He says the government was prepared to look at some form of back-to-work legislation if the deal had been rejected.