The nurses in Manitoba have agreed to accept a new agreement with the Government and it will be applicable till March 31, 2013. The new contract received the support of 89% members of the Manitoba Nurses Union. This was decided after a voting was help across the province in Manitoba, on Wednesday.
As per the new agreement, 11,000 nurses in the province will receive a 2% lump sum payment, when the new contract is approved. They will also be entitled to a 4% wage hike in the third year of this new contract. The contract has also ensured an increase in pension and the cost of living allowance for the nurses.
These nurses are working without a contract since the end of September, last year.
The nurses have also secured a jointly funded program that will be starting from the year 2014. As per the plan, the province and nurses will contribute to a fund, which will increase the pensions in accordance to the increase in the cost of living. The plan will ensure that the reserves are bolstered. These reserves were severely impacted during the financial crisis.
The new development was specially welcomed by the President of Manitoba Nurses Union, Sandi Mowat, along with the nurses across the region.