Councils unlikely to impose threatened pay freeze today

Today’s deadline for unions to accept council employers’ 0.5% offer for staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or face a pay freeze looks set to lapse, as talks continue.

When they made the offer in April, employer representatives warned that it would be withdrawn by 1 June if unions did not accept it, prompting fierce criticisms from Unison, the GMB and Unite.

However, both sides have said that talks are ongoing, making it highly unlikely that today’s deadline will be maintained. The unions have already rejected the 0.5% offer – one of the lowest offered to public sector workers in the UK for 2009-10.

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