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UNIONS SEEK TO GET£4.15 FOR LOW PAID

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Pay claims for next year will seek to bring salaries for the lowest paid of local government's 1.4 million workers ...
Pay claims for next year will seek to bring salaries for the lowest paid of local government's 1.4 million workers up to £4.15 an hour.

Details emerged this week from Unison and the GMB for a common settlement in April for manual and white-collar workers.

Trade union officials believe their £4.15 bid for 350,000 workers - some are paid as little as £3.71 and hour - could set a trend for the rest of the public sector.

After last year's rise of 2.7%, negotiated in 1993 as part of a two-year deal, Unison head of local government Keith Sonnet said his members are ready for a fight, and a ballot for industrial action in the new year looked likely.

NALGO, the white collar unison which merged with NUPE to form Unison, failed dramatically to get the support of members in 1993 when it balloted for industrial action.

Unison and the GMB want a settlement which compensates for the difference between last year's settlement and inflation since 1993.

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