July 06, 2016 - 6:30 PM
PENTICTON - The City of Penticton and its firefighters have come to a new collective agreement.
The city and its firemen have not been on the best of terms in recent years. A dispute over retroactive pay dating back to 2010 was recently resolved only after the city lost its appeal in a bid to overturn a court ruling favouring the firefighters.
Penticton Communications Officer Tina Lee said in a press release the city and its firefighters have ratified a new settlement that will last until 2019.
The agreement will see firefighter’s wages increase by 2.5 per cent each year of the contract, replacing the previous agreement which ended Dec. 31, 2015. The new agreement is effective from Jan. 1 of this year.
Both parties indicate a new, less combative relationship has begun between the city and its firefighters.
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