Health Minister Terry Lake is applauding a new tentative deal with the BC Nurses Union.
It’s a five year offer, containing a five and a half percent wage increase.
The tentative five-year agreement covers nearly 42,000 registered, psychiatric, and licensed practical nurses working across the health sector throughout the province.
The Nurses’ Bargaining Association is comprised of several member- unions including the BC Nurses’ Union, Health Sciences Association and Hospital Employees’ Union.
BCNU president Gayle Duteil says the proposed agreement will improve conditions for nurses and patients.
‘This proposed new agreement will improve conditions for nurses and their patients making it easier to deliver healthcare safer across the province. The deal also improves benefits and compensation.”
She says the agreement also addresses major issues of staffing and workload.
“These conditions often forced us to work short with excessive amounts of overtime and on-call and this could negatively impact the safety of our patients and the health of our nurses.”
Nurses will vote on it in the weeks ahead.