Irving Shipbuilding says a new tentative contract agreement has been reached with the union that represents hundreds of workers at the Halifax Shipyard.

The new deal comes just a week after shipyard workers rejected an earlier tentative agreement and had threatened to walk off the job.

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The strike was averted when Irving Shipbuilding and the union, Unifor Marine Workers Federation Local 1, decided to go back to the bargaining table.

Unifor MWF 1 represents more than 800 shipyard workers, who are currently constructing Arctic and offshore patrol vessels as part of the federal government’s multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding program.

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In a news release Wednesday, an Irving Shipbuilding spokesperson said the new tentative agreement was reached Tuesday. The company said it would release no details until the union has reviewed it with membership.

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