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Pay trouble in Welsh councils

Issue No. 2150

Council workers in Wales are threatening to strike over a “derisory, insulting and inadequate” pay offer.

Local authorities have offered staff a 0.5 percent wage increase for 2009-10, claiming they have to slash budgets by £216 million.

The attack on workers’ pay comes in the wake of 700 redundancies at councils in 2008 with a further 2,000 job losses expected in the next 18 months.

The National Employers for Local Government Services has already threatened to withdraw the offer and award no pay rise if workers don’t agree to the deal by the end of the month.

The Unite, GMB and Unison unions are now discussing their response to the offer.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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