Local government pay deal now in arbitration

U.K.
Trade unions and employers in local government (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) have agreed to the three-person arbitration panel that will begin its hearings in February and rule on the pay dispute that has been rumbling on since last spring. The employers have offered a 2.45% increase plus an extra £100 (€111) for the lowest paid backdated to 1 April 2008. The trade union side has also agreed the three key elements of their pay demand for 2009-2010: a 12-month agreement that covers pay only and that provides an increase to match inflation with a higher increase for the lower paid. [Read more at > GMB (EN)->http://www.gmb.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=98002]

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