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UNISON'S LOCAL AUTHORITY MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST STRIKE OVER PAY

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Unison's 500,000 local government white collar members have voted by more than 2 to 1 against a series of strikes o...
Unison's 500,000 local government white collar members have voted by more than 2 to 1 against a series of strikes over this year's 1.5% pay offer.

In a 52.1% turn out, 82,546 voted in favour of strikes and 191,133 voted against.The members has previously voted in a ballot to reject the offer by 55% to 45%.

Unison will now discuss with employers a settlement of the 1993 pay claim.

Unison's Chief negotiator for local government workers Dennis Reed said: 'Although the majority of members had earlier rejected 1.5% in a ballot, they were unable to support strike action at this stage, Most members has voted before Kenneth Clarke's announcement of a pay freeze for public sectors workers in 1994.

Mr Reed said they were influenced by the fact that most public sector workers has already settled within the Government's 1.4% pay ceiling. 'Our opposition to next year's pay freeze is firm. We will support a co-ordinated campaign organised by the TUC against the freeze. We are confident that the government won't get away cutting public sector pay next year.
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