Blair stands firm over local government pay dispute

Prime
Minister Tony Blair has refused to intervene in the local government pay
dispute.

Responding
to unions’ calls to step in and help to resolve the dispute he said it is a
matter for the local government and unions.

He
agreed that public sector reform is an issue for the Prime Minister, but
reiterated that it was not for him to become involved in detailed pay negotiations.

Blair
said that he is being kept informed of developments and would like to see the
dispute resolved, but the unions and the local government employers need to
decide how it is done.

By
Paul Nelson

 

 

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