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LOCAL PAY BEATS NATIONAL DEAL

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Locally negotiated pay rises for white-collar staff in the south of England are higher than the 2.9% rise agreed na...
Locally negotiated pay rises for white-collar staff in the south of England are higher than the 2.9% rise agreed nationally by unions and employers last week.

Workers in councils where pay for the majority of white- collar staff is negotiated locally will get a 3.1% pay rise on average this year.

The average has risen from 3% last month following 11 settlements last week.

Aylesbury Vale DC, Canterbury City Council, Swale BC, Test Valley BC and Woking BC, which were all due to settle last week, are still in negotiations. A further seven councils will settle in July and September.

Staff at Hove BC are enjoying the highest pay rise so far, with 4.3% now and further increases promised in the new year.

Surrey CC staff will get the lowest increase, with 2.5%. East Sussex CC, which is not included in the average figure, has settled at 3.1% for its senior and middle managers. Kent CC, which this year agreed to pay staff according to the national settlement, is due to follow the national agreement.

Kent Unison branch secretary Zoe Pritchard said her members were not disappointed that pay rises at Kent will be 0.2% lower than in councils which negotiated their own settlements.

'The national settlement is bottom line, a lot authorities enhance national pay and conditions, and it's enshrined in tablets of stone as far as it can be,' she said.

INCREASES

Council % rise

Buckinghamshire CC 3.00

Dartford BC 3.00

Dover DC 3.00

East Hampshire DC 2.90

Epsom & Ewell BC 2.50

Mole Valley DC 3.00

Shepway DC 2.95

South Bucks DC 3.00

Surrey CC 2.50

Tonbridge & Malling BC 3.00

Wealden 3.70.

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