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The negotiations between the Local Government Employers and UNISON, Unite and the GMB which are due to start on August 12th represent an important development in this year’s pay campaign. The fact that they are going to happen at all is significant as it shows that the national two day strike in July that involved 500,000 UNISON and Unite members was effective. However although the employers have been forced back to the table, it doesn’t mean that the outcome of the talks is guaranteed.