County pay talks held

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TALKS are taking place today to discuss pay and employment conditions for thousands of county council workers.

A meeting took place in a private session on Monday at County Hall to discuss the so-called single status salary and grading structure at Northumberland County Council.

Because of the nature of the discussions at the meeting, which was on confidential papers, the authority could not elaborate on the situation.

A spokesman said: “For some time now the council and trade unions have been working to reach a conclusion on job evaluation and single status.

“We are totally committed to a fair, consistent and transparent pay and grading system for all employees of the council.

“However, because of the nature of the discussions it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

But on Tuesday, Tony Martin, regional organiser for Unison – Britain’s biggest public sector trade union – confirmed that a meeting was to take place to discuss what had happened.

He said: “We are still in discussions with them and we will be meeting them on Thursday.

“Discussions have been going on for a long, long time and we need to see what the discussion is on Thursday.”