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Workers' five-day deadline on strike.

COUNCIL workers fighting pay cuts of up to pounds 16,000 have given bosses five days to avert a strike ballot.

The deadline was set last night, hours after it was revealed that six executives could walk out of their top jobs with a combined golden handshake of pounds 1million.

Around 2000 Aberdeen City Council workers met officials from Unison, the GMB and the TGWU and voiced anger at the authority's pay restructuring scheme .

They then started the clock on a countdown to action unless the council withdraw the pay plan.

Industrial action could take place in around a month's time.

Meanwhile, six directors who are in line for redundancy from their pounds 95,000-a-year posts could walk out with apounds 1millionpayout The golden handshake is a lump sum based on their final salary and years of service, with their pension payments added.

But a council source said: "They are not getting special treatment.

"They are being treated the same as an office boy would be."

The council say all salaries will be frozen for three years before the cuts are implemented.

Councillor Neil Fletcher, policy and resources convener, said: "We don't want to lose our staff. We don't want them to be demoralised."

Scotland's council leaders are due to meet on Friday to discuss the single-status agreement on equal pay for staff
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 24, 2005
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