The final decision on the pay process still depends on all parties having sufficient desire to thrash out a workable deal.
Last week’s rollercoaster on the pay process - from the unions being willing to accept below-inflation increases to demanding 5 per cent - reflects both the fragility and fatigue of the now 21-yearold partnership process.
As the media dusted down their well-worn ‘‘winter of discontent’’ and ‘‘looming industrial strife’’ angles, more senior figures...
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