Aberdeen equal pay talks make significant progress

Unions and management at Aberdeen City Council have said crisis talks over an equal pay dispute have made “significant progress”.

On Tuesday, the GMB, Unison and Transport and General unions gave management five days to withdraw letters threatening pay cuts for 2,000 staff.

The warning followed the local authority’s decision to implement a pay restructuring scheme, which could see some workers’ salaries drop by as much as £16,000.

The council is introducing the pay restructuring scheme as part of the ‘single-status agreement’ in which salaries are brought into line with equal pay legislation.

But in a joint statement on Wednesday, council and union officials said early indications were they could “work to find a way forward”.

“Both groups said the talks have been very constructive and that they had a much better understanding of each other’s position,” the statement said. “There was significant progress made and an agreement that discussions will continue tomorrow.”

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