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UNISON SLAMS EMPLOYERS' INFLEXIBILITY OVER ANNUAL DEALS

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Unison is not ruling out strike action, after pay talks with the local government employers broke down, BBC Radio F...
Unison is not ruling out strike action, after pay talks with the local government employers broke down, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

Dennis Reed, deputy head of local government at Unison, said on the programme the unions would now consult with members over what to do next. But members are angry about the two-stage pay deal put forward by the employers, he said.

'We're being asked to agree for next July a 2 % increase to take us until April 1996. Nobody will know what the rate of inflation is at that time next year', Mr Reed said.

'Our members are not prepared to pick up that sort of pig in a poke deal'.

The percentage pay offer for this year could be acceptable but Unison wanted to negotiate a further deal this time next year, he said.

'I'm sure we could reach agreement provided the employers stopped being inflexible over this part of the deal', Mr Reed said.

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