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26May94 UK: WORKERS RELUCTANTLY ACCEPT 2.5PC PAY DEAL.

By Grant Prior.Construction workers are reluctantly accepting an increased pay offer of 2.5 per cent.Votes were canvassed on site last week and union leaders were expected to accept the deal formally at a meeting of the National Joint Council for the Building Industry yesterday (Wednesday).Private sector building and civil engineering employers came up with the improved offer last week. The previous offer was 1.2 per cent.Minimum rates of pay for a normal 39-hour week will rise to £163.41 .

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