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UNIONS REJECT EO BID TO REFORM PAY SYSTEM

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The Employers' Organisation's bid to axe the option of binding arbitration for the annual local government pay nego...
The Employers' Organisation's bid to axe the option of binding arbitration for the annual local government pay negotiations has been formally rejected by the unions.

At the moment the option can be adopted by either side if negotiations break down, though it has never been used.

Following disquiet from a number of northern councils after this year's pay negotiations, the employers' side attempted to modernise the system (LGC, 27July).

But at the recent National Joint Council meeting the unions rebuffed the employers' request.

Employers' secretary Charles Nolda said he was disappointed with the result as 'the NHS and the civil service modernised several years ago'.

Heather Wakefield, senior national officer at Unison, said existing arrangements have enough scope for mediation.

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