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Unions have warned that strike action is inevitable as the three-year pay deal is increasingly dwarfed by rising inflation.
The three-year deal incorporates annual rises of 2.75 per cent, 2.4 per cent and 2.25 per cent for 2008/9 to 2010/11, and was accepted by health unions based on DoH predictions that inflation would fall to around 3 per cent.
But all measures of inflation have risen well above these figures, with the Consumer Price Index hitting 4.7 per cent in August, and the Retail Price Index, which includes house prices, at 4.8 per cent.
Unite is holding meetings …