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Unions to Debate Joint Pay Action at TUC

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions to Debate Joint Pay Action at TUC

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Representatives of millions of public sector workers will discuss co-ordinating strike action against the government s attempts to cap pay rises at next week's Union Congress conference.

The congress will open with a debate on public sector pay on September 8, with motions from several unions under discussion.

Resolutions tabled by the PCS and the National Union of Teachers urge co-ordinated industrial action, with calls for the TUC to organise a major national demonstration against the government's pay policy before the end of this year'.

A PCS spokesman said: "We would hope we'd get a very strong message coming out of congress, saving the unions will work together and up the campaigning over pay:

The PCS national executive was set to finalise plans to ballot its 280,000-strong civil service membership for national industrial action this week The NUT is expected to discuss its own balloting arrangements shortly.

But the threat of further strikes by council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this autumn has receded after unions and employers issued a joint statement setting out a lengthy timescale for talks.

Town hall unions staged a two-day strike in July against a 2. …

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