council backs down to end bitter row with workers

City makes U-turn on pay dispute with staff

By Calum Ross

Published: 03/11/2010

Aberdeen City Council has performed a surprise U-turn to bring to an end a bitter and long-running pay dispute with thousands of staff.

Councillors agreed unanimously to back down yesterday – and give 6,555 employees the wage rises they had been owed since April.

The surprise move will cost the local authority £2.9million – and led to warnings last night that jobs could be axed to claw the money back.

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