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Central Veterinary Laboratory (Dispute)

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service why he has refused to agree to any independent arbitration or mediation in the matter of the dispute involving his Department and the employees at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, New Haw, concerning the payment of London weighting allowance.

What in effect is at issue is a proposal to amend the existing national Whitley agreements on London weighting so as to add to the area of entitlement to the outer London weighting allowance. The Government are wholly uncommitted on the merits of this proposal, but the determining factor at present is that incomes policy has prevented any review of the agreements since 1975. The position has been fully explained to the National Staff Side.