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Council workers' pay deal still to be agreed
A POSSIBLE deal to end industrial action at Southampton council that saw rotting rubbish litter the city streets last summer will be not be agreed until at least the end of the month.
A meeting between the council and unions failed to reach a break-through last week after new Labour council leaders admitted job losses would be needed to help pay for the restoration of pay cuts imposed by Tories last summer under threat of dismissal.
Labour had pledged to avoid making redundancies but revealed dozens of job cuts may be needed to fund the £2.7m to restore pay over the next three or four years.
Unions members will have approve a final deal which would include the thorny issue of a legal claim worth up to £12m in compensation for a failure to fully consult over the pay cuts.
In a joint statement the council, Unison and Unite unions said a series of meetings held so far had been “amicable and positive” and they would meet again on July 20.
It added: “Both sides remain hopeful that a settlement will be agreed in the near future.”