A union says it's concerned that plans to regionalise public sector pay will seriously affect the north east economy.
The Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm the move in Wednesday's budget. Treasury officials are quoted as saying public sector pay is significantly higher in some areas than the private sector equivalent. They argue changes would encourage investment and recruitment by private firms.
Unison is among the unions which disagrees. North east official Clare Williams says the proposals are 'not fair' and would take money out of an already struggling economy.
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