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Posted on 5 July 2011 at 15:44 GMT

PCS criticises report on public/private pay as "meaningless"

Today's Office for National Statistics report about pay in the public and private sectors is so flawed it is rendered meaningless says the PCS union.

The conclusion that "average" pay in the public sector is 7.8% higher is immediately debunked by the report's authors.

See: Official government pay report 'flawed and meaningless' for more information.

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