Three unions have joined forces to stop Scottish Borders Council breaking the Scottish local government bargaining framework by unilaterally imposing reduced terms and conditions for all new staff.
GMB, Unite and Unison welcomed an offer by council chief executive Tracey Logan to open talks with joint trade unions next week.
Unison Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby told the Morning Star: "Borders Council decided last week to impose a separate set of terms and conditions on new staff which amount to pay cuts over and above the wage freeze our members have had to face for years now - and which would effectively create a two-tier workforce.
"That was unacceptable. I'm glad to say that as a result of our initial protests the council chief executive has agreed to talk to the unions next week."
Borders chief executive Tracey Logan said that the "continued challenging financial climate" had led to the proposal for a "sustainable pay strategy for future appointments."