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Issue No. 1814

AROUND 5,000 members of the civil servants' PCS union in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are preparing to ballot on industrial action.

They want equal pay between workers from the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Maff) and the former Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (Detr).

A series of one-day stoppages and a rolling programme of selective strike action lasting months last year secured a 10 percent rise, or a minimum of £2,000, for all former Maff staff. However, full pay parity requires a further £2,000 increase for many staff.

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Sat 24 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1814
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