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Councils Work to Thrash out Pay Settlement

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Work to Thrash out Pay Settlement

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Local government employers have begun talks with the Unison and Unite unions in an effort to resolve the dispute that led to a strike by half a million council workers for two days last month.

The preliminary talks on August 12 covered the potential scope and the timescale for negotiations over pay and conditions.

Last month's strike followed the unions' rejection of a 2.45% pay deal. But the negotiations will cover wider ground, including a full review of the national conditions of service for council staff. Both sides have agreed that discussions will be on the basis of 'nothing ruled in or out'.

A Unison spokeswoman said the timetable for discussions was expected to be 'long, rather than short'. The union has suspended its campaign of strike action while the talks are progressing.

The negotiations, covering local authority staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, came as council workers in Scotland prepared to strike on August 20 in protest at a three-year pay offer worth 2. …

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