Anger as States impose pay deal

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FURIOUS unions are threatening industrial action after the States' negotiating body broke off pay talks and imposed a controversial wage settlement on thousands of workers.

In a statement yesterday, Chief Minister Ian Gorst said that after nine months of negotiations, all attempts to resolve the pay dispute between the States Employment Board and the unions had been exhausted.

And he said that the board now had no option but to impose its final offer of a 1% one-off payment this year, 1% rise and one-off payment next year, and a 4% rise in 2014 dependent on workers accepting changes to their terms and conditions.

But in a strongly worded joint statement, seven public sector unions said that the forced public sector pay settlement had 'severe implications for future negotiations', and warned that they are now seeking legal advice.

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