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The government, after paying for two years without a murmur, reneged on the agreed pay rise for the third year. The unions baulked, gearing up for a season of labour discontent, writes Terry Bell. 

With justification, government ministers continue to praise nurses and other "frontline workers" fighting the battle against Covid-19. Yet, at the same time, they refuse to pay a wage rise agreed three years ago with unions representing these same workers and others in the health, education and other sectors. 

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