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The Saskatchewan government says a Crown agency has reached a tentative deal with the union representing some workers who walked off the job last week.

The province says the Water Security Agency and Unifor Local 820 have a deal yet to be ratified by the agency’s 138 employees.

Unifor says it’s not endorsing the deal because it contains a two-year wage freeze.

“Our Crown members are worth and deserve more,” the union’s national president, Jerry Dias, said in a news release Thursday.

“The majority of striking and locked out Crown workers remain committed to getting a fair contract – including an inflationary increase similar to what (Premier) Scott Moe paid himself.”

The release said Unifor and some on the bargaining committee want members to reject the offer.

A Water Security Agency spokesman said workers returned to their jobs Thursday on a work-to-rule basis and would continue so until the agreement is ratified.

“We did maintain contact with our local union throughout,” Patrick Boyle said Thursday.

“Over the last couple of days really, things came together.”

Nearly 5,000 employees at six Crown corporations remain in contract disputes with the government. The union says the main issue is wage freezes.

The province says the Crowns offered workers at SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, SaskPower and the Water Security Agency a five per cent increase over five years, to begin in the third year.

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