BREAKING NEWS: Council staff will have pay cut by four per cent

The Council House, Doncaster
The Council House, Doncaster

PLANS to cut the pay of thousands of Doncaster council staff by four per cent have been backed this afternoon.

The controversial plans - part of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council’s bid to recoup £70 million in government funding cuts - were approved by the authority’s employee relations committee, despite pleas from all three major unions to find the spending cuts elsewhere.

The plans could come into action on April 1, and also see cuts in overtime pay and the loss of automatic annual pay rises.

Coun Craig Sahman, chairing the packed meeting at the Mansion House, said the move was unfortunate for the borough, but necessary to keep jobs and maintain services.

But following the council vote Union bosses have vowed to consult lawyers to see whether strike action is an option in the fight against the cuts.