Safeway workers who have spent the past week picketing outside their north-end distribution centre went back to work last night.

Union members voted late Saturday to accept a contract they originally rejected.

Roughly 70 per cent of employees voted to go back to work in the warehouse, and roughly 65 per cent voted to head back to work at Lucerne Ice Cream.

Workers accepted a contract that includes a $2.65 pay rate increase over the next three years.

The contract also guarantees no full-timers will be dropped to part-time status.

Employees couldn’t avoid the hotly debated impending shift from a 37- to 40-hour work week.

Over 200 replacement workers hired during the week of the strike have been fired, though Safeway officials are reportedly pleased with work from the temps.

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