Local council strike suspended

A
strike planned by local council employees on 14 August has been suspended
following talks at conciliation service Acas.

Two
days of talks ended last night after Acas put together a backdated pay deal.

Unions
have agreed to suspend all further strike action and will now put the package
to their members.

Council
workers staged a 24-hour walkout last month after management refused to meet
union demands for a 6 per cent staff pay rise, offering 3 per cent instead.

Acas
is recommending a staggered two-year pay deal that will result in wage rises
ranging from 7.7 per cent to 10.9 per cent for the lowest paid.

Jack
Dromey from the Transport Workers’ Union, welcomed the deal. "An army of
low paid, part-time, female workers will crash through the £5 a hour
barrier," he said.

By Quentin Reade

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