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AGREEMENT IN SIGHT OVER CAR ALLOWANCES DISPUTE

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Talks between council employers and union representatives yesterday have prompted hopes that agreement in the car a...
Talks between council employers and union representatives yesterday have prompted hopes that agreement in the car allowances dispute will be reached at a special national joint council meeting on 14 September. Both sides say they will try to avoid any escalation of the dispute at local level beyond the ballot position as of August 31.

A joint statement has been issued by the Local Government Management Board and union representatives which said that both sides recognised there are many variables in the negotiations and that all aspects have to be seen together as a package.

The employers said they were willing to consider continuing to have a distinction between those who are contractually required to use their private car on official business and other car users. A lump sum could be retained for the first category.

The employers are also to look again at proposal for safeguarding their existing users.

The union side acknowledged the importance to the employers of: reducing the number of car size bands, removing front loading of mileage rates and removing garaging and loss of interest from the definition of standing charges. The staff side said it was willing to consider these.

Formal talks are now adjourned until 14 September.

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