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Eight municipal workers in the District of Metchosin, outside Victoria, returned to work July 2 after a week-long strike that ended wage discrimination for some of the workers.

Our members won a fair and just first collective agreement,” says CUPE Local 374 President Justin Schmid. “The support they received on the picket line from the community was great.”

The agreement mostly parallels that of other Greater Victoria municipal workers, giving Metchosin workers a 2.5 per cent general wage increase in 2003 and 2 per cent in 2004.

This agreement puts an end to the wage discrimination some city hall workers faced with significant wage increases on July 1,” Schmid says.

The strike began on June 21.