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Unionized workers at Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation voted in favour of ratifying the new tentative agreement with their employer.

The voting took place over the course of four weeks to ensure members on differing shifts as well as those on long-term leave had the opportunity to vote. 

The new four-year collective agreement will expire on May 31, 2019.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada North strongly opposes the austerity budget put forward by the Government of the Northwest Territories February 1.

At a time when stimulus is needed to reinvigorate the economy of the NWT, Cabinet has put forward a budget that slashes services to residents and shrinks the size of government departments.

The loss of 65 positions in the territorial government will mean a reduction in the quality of service residents receive, and the exodus of dozens of years of institutional knowledge.