The City of Iqaluit and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the union representing municipal employees, have reached a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Changes include a new domestic violence leave, increase language incentive pay based on proficiency in Inuktitut or French, expanded leave for traditional days and a signing bonus.

The agreement was ratified on June 29 with an 80 per cent turnout from staff.

“I am pleased that (we) have reached a five-year agreement that benefits the employees while continuing to focus on delivering high quality services for residents and businesses,” said Mayor Kenny Bell. “I would like to thank our city staff for their continued work and dedication.”

Amy Elgersma, the city’s chief administrative officer, added, “The new agreement strives for fairness and equity for city employees. A stable and dedicated workforce is essential to achieving the goals and objectives of the city. We are fortunate to have great caring staff who strive to make Iqaluit a great place to live everyday.”

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