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Local government workers reject 'final' two-year pay offer

Local government workers have rejected a "final" two-year pay offer.

Members of Unison voted against the proposed deal which would give most council staff a 1% increase from April and a further 1% in April 2017.

Those on lower salaries would receive higher increases to take account of the new national living wage of £7.20 an hour from April.

The employers negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, affecting over one million employees.

A Unison spokesman said: "Unison has rejected the local government pay offer, but we await the results of both the GMB and Unite consultative ballots before deciding our next steps."

Councillor Sian Timoney, who chairs the employers' side, said: "The national employers are disappointed that Unison has announced that its members have rejected the final pay offer.

"However, we shall await the results of GMB's and Unite's pay consultations, which are due in the next few weeks, before commenting further."

The unions would have to hold fresh ballots on any plans for industrial action.

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