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BROWN WARNS OF CONTINUED CURBS ON PAY AND PUBLIC SPENDING

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A bid by UNISON to get the government to commit itself to the abolition of the private finance initiative was scupp...
A bid by UNISON to get the government to commit itself to the abolition of the private finance initiative was scuppered by the GMB and RMT unions who backed off pressing the issue to a vote at the Labour party conference yesterday.

The Guardian reports (p8) that UNISON general secretary Rodney Bickerstaffe appealed to chancellor Gordon Brown to take steps to raise pay. He said public sector workers were always the first to feel the chill of an economic downturn and the last to feel the warmth of an upturn.

But the paper refers to an implied warning from Mr Brown that tight controls over public spending and public sector pay would continue.

In a debate on employment rights, delegates voted for a motion urging ministers to grant statutory rights to workers from day one of a new job. Currently the minimum period before a case can be considered by an industrial tribunal is two years. The Guardian said the government is pledged to consider the case.
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