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BIRMINGHAM SEEKS TO RE-NEGOTIATE '£50,000' WAGE DEALS

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The chair of Birmingham City Council's housing committee Marje Bridle has promised an investigation into how emerge...
The chair of Birmingham City Council's housing committee Marje Bridle has promised an investigation into how emergency workmen can earn up to £50,000 a year in a deal agreed between the authority and the trade union, The Birmingham Post reports (p3).

The council is trying to renegotiate the deal with 47 plumbers, carpenters and electricians who are on 24-hour emergency call. But the Post says that the tradesmen are demanding up to £30,000 each before they agree to have contracts rewritten.

The agreement can boost the £260 a week wage earned to as much as £1,400 a week because every time a tradesman is called out their hourly pay is automatically trebled and the bonuses increase through the night to a maximum of six times the normal hourly rate.

Cllr Bridle said: 'My job is to get the best possible service for tenants, and building services won the latest round of contracts because it put in the lowest qualifying bid. But this situation needs investigating and I intend doing that.'
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