Strik­ing work­ers rat­ify new deal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — A pro­tracted, 18-month labour dis­pute at Canada’s largest in­de­pen­dently owned daily newspaper is over.

The union rep­re­sent­ing Hal­i­fax Chron­i­cle Her­ald news­room em­ploy­ees says in a tweet that the strik­ing work­ers voted 94 per cent in favour of a new con­tract at a meet­ing Thurs­day.

The vote came af­ter a deal was reached Satur­day af­ter two days of me­di­a­tion. Mark Lever, pres­i­dent and CEO of the SaltWire Net­work, which owns the Chron­i­cle Her­ald, says in a state­ment he wel­comes an award­win­ning team of al­most 30 jour­nal­ists back to the news­room, and thanked former em­ploy­ees for their con­tri­bu­tions to the paper. About 60 union­ized work­ers, in­clud­ing re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers, ed­i­tors and sup­port staff, walked off the job in Jan­uary 2016 over a list of con­tract con­ces­sions the com­pany said it needed to deal with eco­nomic chal­lenges in the newspaper in­dus­try.

Lever says the jour­nal­ists will re­turn to work on Tues­day. SaltWire Net­work also owns The Guardian and the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer.

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