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STUC TO SEEK TALKS WITH SCOTTISH OFFICE ON LOCAL GOVT

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The Scottish Trade Unions Council will seek urgent discussions with new Scottish Office ministers on a range of con...
The Scottish Trade Unions Council will seek urgent discussions with new Scottish Office ministers on a range of concerns, including local government, the private finance initiative, water and sewerage as well as health services and education.

Reported in the Scotsman (p5), the STUC condemned the Confederation of British Industry's support for a£3 minimum wage. General secretary Campbell Christie said he was happy that the government had decided to establish a low-pay commission, and the STUC would present its views to that.

The national agreement, which sets a minimum wage of£4, a 2.8% pay rise and brings in single status for manual and white-collar employees, had to be implemented in Scotland and 'we will be having discussions with the government and COSLA about how this can be achieved,' he said.
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