Government announces end to two-tier agreement

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Unions have expressed their concern about the coalition government's intention to abolish the two-tier employment code in the public sector. The code was agreed with the previous Labour government after long periods of campaigning and lobbying by public sector unions. The aim was to ensure that private contractors supplying services to public authorities would apply the same minimum rates of pay as public sector agreements. UNISON warns that this will impact low-paid workers in particular, many of whom are women and it has challenged the government to carry out an equality impact assessment.
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