The T & G union has described a 3.5 per cent pay deal for local government workers as a "wise move" by employers.
The union said the inflation busting pay offer will avoid industrial action by the 1.2 million workers who will be affected by the deal.
Jack Dromey, national organiser at the T & G union, said, “The package which has been negotiated will actually mean a pay increase of over 4 per cent for tens of thousands of some of the lowest paid workers in local government.”
The pay offer is backdated to 1 April this year and the unions involved will put the offer to their members during a consultation process which will conclude on June 1, 2001.
The pay negotiations have been carried out through the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.