Pay deal ends Sheffield road worker dispute

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Road workers employed on a £2bn improvement scheme in Sheffield have won pay rises of up to 20%.

The GMB, Unite and Ucatt unions have been involved in a long-running pay dispute over pay differences between craft workers and labourers.

The unions had threatened strike action but said a new offer from employer Amey means pay rises of between 10% and 20% for the workers.

The dispute began in 2010 when workers were employed by the city council.

Fallen behind

Pay for labourers was increased after it was subject to a job evaluation process but craft workers, who had different pay agreements, were left out of the process, resulting in them receiving lower pay.

In August the workers transferred from the council to Amey.

They are now working on a £2bn programme of works to improve roads, footpaths and street lighting in the city.

Peter Davies, GMB organiser, said the council, which is facing budget cuts, claimed it could not afford to give the workers a rise.

He said Amey had been keen from "day one" to resolve the dispute.

Mr Davies said: "This sounds like a huge rise in this day and age but what this really shows is how far public sector craft workers have fallen behind in terms when it comes to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work."

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