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Sheffield unions' consultative ballot on single status

Issue No. 2172

Anger is growing over plans for a new pay structure that would mean wage cuts for some of Sheffield council’s lowest paid employees, including care assistants and Street Force street cleaning workers.

Some 2,500 workers stand to lose out in the council’s single status pay deal.

The Unison union wants those facing pay cuts to be able to keep their current wages for two years – rather than between nine and 18 months as offered by the council. The Unison, Unite and GMB unions are holding a consultative ballot over the issue.

Members of the GMB in the city are also in dispute with Veolia Environmental Services, who run refuse and recycling services, over the differing wage packets their workers receive for doing the same jobs.

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Tue 6 Oct 2009, 18:30 BST
Issue No. 2172
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