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CAR OWNERS ACCEPT DEAL BUT EMPLOYERS 'COULD RENEGE'

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More than 100,000 local government car owners have decided to accept a nationally negotiated car allowance package ...
More than 100,000 local government car owners have decided to accept a nationally negotiated car allowance package after ten weeks of industrial action.Unison said today that 260 branches had voted to accept the proposals and 33 to reject.

But early indications were that the employers side could reject the package which was hammered out by negotiators for the two sides. Renewed discussions are to be held with the employers on Thursday.

Dennis Reed, Unison's chief negotiator for local government white collar staff, said: 'We will be in a very serious situation if the employers renege on the package that their representatives agreed with us. If after painstaking negotiations the employers now pull away from the deal a major escalation of the dispute is inevitable. Any such escalation would be on a national basis.'

Unison members have been instructed to maintain their present level of action, which includes banning the use of employee-owned cars for council work, at least until 30 September. They have also been asked to lobby their own employers to honour the terms of the package.
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