Strike action likely in Aberdeen as equal pay talks collapse

Strike action by Aberdeen City Council workers has moved a step closer after a meeting to thrash out equal pay claims failed to reach agreement.

The Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) will ballot its members on industrial action despite a deal on back-pay claims lodged by some of the council’s lowest paid workers.

An appeals committee meeting was suspended for further negotiation on about 500 claims, worth more than £5m.

The council narrowly avoided strikes by staff last year over equal pay when the T&G lodged claims for back pay on behalf of some of the council’s lowest paid workers.

A council spokesman said that the authority had entered negotiations with unions over interim payments and the hearing had been suspended while the details were worked out.

The result of the ballot is expected by the end of next month.

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