Council workers pay talks break down

The
pay talks of 1.2m council workers have broken down, and may bring on the first
national strike since the Winter of Discontent 23 years ago, Annonova reports.

The
website said union leaders rejected a 3 per cent pay offer and warn of a ballot
for industrial action among local authority employees in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland.

Workers
are to be urged to refuse the offer and to agree to a strike ballot, likely to
be held in late April.

Jack
Dromey, national organiser of the Transport and General Workers Union, said:
"Local Government is on the brink of the first national strike since the
Winter of Discontent."

By Quentin Reade

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