Police union votes overwhelmingly for new contract with the city

Montreal police officers have voted overwhelming in favour of a new contract with the City of Montreal.

It ends nearly half a decade of disputes over a new contract, which saw police wearing camoflage pants on the job as a silent protest for several years.

Over 95 per cent of unionized officers voted to ratify the agreement-in-principle that was ironed out between the Montreal Police Brotherhood and the city back in June.

The participation rate was just over 80 per cent.

According to the latest figures from 2013, there are approximately 4,615 police officers that are part of Montreal's municipal force.

The new contract will reportedly will give officers a 20 per cent pay increase over seven years while increasing their pension contributions, as the city lowers its share.