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EMPLOYERS AND UNIONS BREAK STRIKE IMPASSE

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The threat of the second nationwide council strike in two years may be receding following positive talks this week ...
The threat of the second nationwide council strike in two years may be receding following positive talks this week between employers and unions.

Both sides left this week's negotiations in positive mood after the Employers' Organisation and the three major local government unions explored solutions to the current impasse.

While the two sides remain far apart formally - with the EO offering 7% over three years and the unions claiming a single-year deal worth over 4% with more support for the lowest paid - a compromise looks possible.

GMB national secretary for public services Brian Stratton said: 'It was a very good exercise in moving the position in an exploratory sense.'

The EO did not comment, but a source said: 'Things are not looking bleak.'
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