HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 c74W
Mr. Ward

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will make a further statement on the current pay dispute with the scientific Civil Service.

Mr. Channon

The Institution of Professional Civil Servants has claimed that an arrangement made under the last Administration gave the Civil Service scientists a firm pay link for 1979 to the administrative grades pending implementation of the pay research unit board's report on how pay research should be applied to scientists in 1980. I recognise that there has been a genuine misunderstanding about an exchange of correspondence last year. As a gesture of goodwill, I have therefore offered the IPCS exactly what it has demanded subject only to reaching a clear agreement to prevent repercussions and future misunderstandings. Negotiations are at present in train about how to achieve that. I hope that it will be possible to announce a settlement very soon.

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