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Union says deal had eye to future talks

A pay deal agreed with around 1,400 health and social care staff was about far more than money.

That's according to the head of the Unite union in the Isle of Man, after agreement was reached to give workers a one-off payment, to settle their claim for the last financial year.

Affected staff will receive the payment in January after what Steve Salter called 'robust but professional' negotiations.

He says avoiding job cuts was key, as was an agreement to refer any future disputes to independent arbitration (listen to audio file below):

The staff involved are government workers in the Department of Health and the Department of Social Care.

The unconsolidated, non-pensionable payment will amount to £350 for employees who earn less than £25,000 a year, and £250 for those with an annual salary between £25,000 and £43,500.

Anybody earning more than £43,500 won't benefit from the agreement.

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