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VICTORIA City workers have reached a tentative agreement averting a strike at the height of tourist season in the capital.

We are pleased that we have avoided a strike and that our members can continue to keep our city beautiful and safe, said CUPE Local 50 president John Burrows.

CUPE had voted 99 per cent in favour of a strike after rejecting wage offers far below cost of living projections.

CUPE Locals 50 and 388, representing 600 City of Victoria outside, inside, recreation and police support employees, will now vote to ratify the new four-year deal.

The agreement, negotiated with the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association, runs from 2001 to 2004. The previous agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2000.


John Burrows, CUPE Local 50 President, (250) 385-6023;
Jim Lamb, CUPE National Representative, (250) 384-8048.