A union says the north east would be hit hard by plans to end national pay rates for some public sector workers. George Osborne is expected to announce the change in Wednesday's budget. The move would end national deals.
Instead, local factors such as the cost of living would be taken into account. Treasury officials say it's needed because public sector wages are much higher in some areas than their private sector equivalents and this is discouraging investment.
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