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UNIONS GEAR UP FOR FAIR WAGES CAMPAIGN

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Private contractors working for the public sector could be forced to pay all their staff public sector equivalent w...
Private contractors working for the public sector could be forced to pay all their staff public sector equivalent wages.

Big public sector unions are urging councils and other public sector bodies to negotiate fair wages clauses into their arrangements with contractors.

The unions will gear up for a campaign to coincide with the Labour Party and TUC conferences in the autumn.

The move follows a legal opinion voiced by James Goudie QC, the country's foremost legal expert in procurement.

Mr Goudie said it would be 'lawful for the Greater London Authority to have regard, when it evaluates the tender of a potential contractor, to whether that contractor is willing to agree to a fair employment clause'.

Malcolm Wing, head of local government at Unison, said: 'It would be legal to add a fair employment clause into contracting procedures. We are very pleased at this result but we want to persuade the government to extend this to make this clause a requirement on all councils.'

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