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STAFF AGREE TO LESS THAN INFLATION OFFER

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Local government staff this week accepted employers' below-inflation 3% pay offer. The settlement is 2% lower than ...
Local government staff this week accepted employers' below-inflation 3% pay offer. The settlement is 2% lower than the original claim of 5%.

The three unions on the National Joint Council - Unison, the GMB and the T&G - all recommended to members that they accept the deal, saying it was the best that could be reached by negotiation.

Staff side NJC chair and T&G national secretary Jack Dromey said it was ' a sensible settlement in a tough year'.

But he criticised the lack of bottom-loading for low paid members. Last year's£4 an hour minimum wage and the effective 5.4% rise for part-timers when the 37-hour week is introduced next year sent a message that local government was determined to end low pay, he said.
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