Deadline looms for council in pay cut row

Talks are continuing as a deadline looms in a dispute over equal pay proposals at Aberdeen City Council.

Unions have given management until 5pm on Wednesday to withdraw letters detailing pay cuts for 2,000 staff and offer an apology to workers. They have threatened to ballot members for industrial action if those demands are not met.

The council said the “exhaustive” talks with the unions were ongoing.

The dispute centres on the council’s plans to implement a pay restructuring scheme which could see some workers’ salaries drop by up to £16,000.

The move is part of a ‘single-status agreement’ in which salaries are brought into line with equal pay legislation.

Angry staff held a protest outside the council headquarters earlier this month.

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