Ancillary Staffs (Pay and Conditions)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree 12:00 am, 14th June 1988

I have three points to make. First, I have not refused to meet the staff side. I said that I did not think it appropriate at the moment. However, I would not rule it out later.

Secondly, the offer is not 4·8 per cent., it is 5·4 per cent., which is significantly more than ancillary workers received last year.

Thirdly, we have offered to talk about a reduction of one hour in the working week, together with other changes. The hon. Gentleman should get his facts right before he starts attacking me.