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CUPE municipal workers in the Greater Victoria area reached a tentative settlement on Friday, winning wage increases and benefit improvements that match City of Victoria workers.

“The union held off its July 26 strike action in Oak Bay and Colwood to allow a fuller discussion of the issues, CUPE 374 president Justin Schmid said. Those talks resulted in a memorandum of settlement.

Locals 50 and 388 at the City of Victoria narrowly averted a strike a few weeks ago, making wage gains and achieving significant job evaluation advances.

The 470 members work for the District of Oak Bay, Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich and the City of Colwood.

If ratified, the four-year agreement takes affect January 1, 2001.