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Anger as council plans changes to pay in Brighton and Hove
3:30pm Sunday 10th February 2013 in News
Hundreds have signed a petition against planned changes to public sector pay.
Brighton and Hove City Council wants to overhaul special allowances paid to three- quarters of its 8,000-strong workforce.
Local authority bosses claim the current system of extra payments is “no longer fit for purpose”.
But union representatives blasted the reform, claiming it was intended to reduce the pay bill at a time of Government cuts.
The GMB said more than 200 people had signed the petition against the planned changes, which some believe could lead to industrial action.
One former council worker said: “I worked for the GMB for 26 years in Brighton & Hove and cannot believe how badly the council wants to treat its employees.
“We are living in a time of recession yet they want to create
yet more financial difficulties for staff.”
Another said: “The Greens have shown their true blue colours in this outrageous attack on the dedicated council staff who work hard around our towns.”
Formal talks began on Tuesday with detailed negotiations planned for this week.
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