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CHIEF OFFICERS GO TO ACAS OVER PAY DEAL

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Chief officers meet their employers at the arbitration service ACAS on Monday in their bid to gain more than a 4.3%...
Chief officers meet their employers at the arbitration service ACAS on Monday in their bid to gain more than a 4.3% pay rise over two years.

The employers remain confident that they have an almost watertight case in restricting chief officers to the same increase as chief executives and principal officers agreed to at the end of last year.

But should ACAS decide that chief officers deserve special treatment, it could have a knock-on effect on deals settled last year.

Chief executives warned, when they agreed to the two-year 4.3% offer, that they would want their settlement looked at again should ACAS decide to award chief officers extra (LGC, 18 November).

But the basis of the employers' case will be that there is no reason why chief officers should be treated as a special case. Chief officers in Scotland have settled at 4.3%.

The employers will also point to affordability. 'Since the negotiations last year we have had details of the worst ever financial settlement for local government,' said Stephen Bubb, assistant secretary of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

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