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Derby City Council staff back car row action

21 May 10 12:40 GMT

Derby City Council staff have voted in favour of industrial action over losing their car allowances.

Nearly 900 personnel currently receive more than £1,000 a year with more getting a special mileage rate.

The council told staff replacing this with a flat mileage rate of 40p would save hundreds of thousands of pounds a year and help reduce carbon emissions.

But Unison said the money was a vital part of the jobs package and members may refuse to use their cars for work.

A union spokesman added that if no progress was made with the council, action could begin as early as June.

The council has declined to comment.

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