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Strike negotiations see 11 per cent pay increase offered

IT workers with the government are to enjoy an 11 per cent pay hike.

19 September 2011

The threat of strike action has seen some government IT workers be offered an 11 per cent pay rise.

Some 720 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) - which represents 290,000 people - are now to get a hike in salary that is double the rate of inflation.

Due to the strike negotiations, a proposed demonstration for today (September 19th) has been called off.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, described the deal as "major".

"This shows clearly what can be achieved when working people stand together and that the private sector is far from a no-go area for unions like ours," he added.

Other groups may now seek to use union bargaining to try and find a resolution in their disagreements.

Among the main points of the agreement are that all staff not at 85 per cent of the median of their grade will now be moved up to it.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: PCS press release, September 16th

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