Wage settlements for labour up 3.5 per centGains highest in private sector, prairiesBy 11/19/2001|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/09/2003 Collective-bargaining agreements in September resulted in a 3.5 per cent wage increase. That’s the same as increases from settlements reached in August, but up from 2.9 per cent in July.The September results are based on 25 settlements covering nearly 36,000 employees. Wage gains were much higher in the private sector (4.5 per cent) than in the public sector (2.8 per cent). Adjustments were generally highest in the prairie provinces. There were no settlements in Quebec in September. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.