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British Columbia hospital workers have voted 75 per cent in favour of accepting a new three-year contract that includes a two per cent pay increase in the third year, pay equity adjustments and benefit improvements.

A major part of the agreement is a plan to reduce workplace injuries.

The 42,000 employees work in more than 300 hospitals and long-term care facilities in the province and are members of three unions which bargain jointly. Some 24,000 of the workers are members of the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) which is affiliated with CUPE.

The president of HEU is Fred Muzin.