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LEEDS and Bradford haulage drivers look likely to break the £5.50 wage increase level which has been accepted in other parts of the country.
No official details were available as we closed for press, but well placed sources told CM that an offer being put to drivers tomorrow (Sunday) would increase the £94.50 32.5 tonne basic rate for 40 hours by £6.40 and the £11 overnight subsistence rate by 75p.
This follows the drivers' earlier rejection of a £5.50 offer on the basic rate.
On Merseyside, employers and Transport and General Workers Union negotiators meet again on Monday afternoon to discuss the deadlock following rejection of a £5.50 offer there.
Devon and Cornwall negotiators meet again later this month. There has been no movement on the deal there since drivers rejected a £4.90 offer.
While most of the increases in basic wage rates in the current round are working out lower than last year's rises of around six per cent, Overdrive, the temporary driver agency, said last week that 45 per cent of employers it contacted expect wage rises this year to be higher than in 1984.
But it contradicts this by saying that the rises will be of around four to six per cent, suggesting that few employers paid collectively-agreed wage rates last year.