Economists call for pay change

 
Ben Southwood
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THE PUBLIC sector should bring an end to national pay bargaining, an open letter from 25 leading economists claimed yesterday.

National pay structures distort labour markets and thereby harm public services, the senior academics said. This will be a boon to chancellor George Osborne, who had planned to move to a localised system, before coming up against opposition from his coalition partners, Labour, and unions.