and General Workers' Union are to be asked to vote in two ballots for
industrial action. After rejecting a final offer on basic pay of 3% and an
offer on London weighting, which was described as 'totally inadequate',
issues if there is no movement from the employers before 10 June.
Jack Dromey, T&G national organiser, said there was a mounting crisis over
pay in local government generally which the employers simply had to address.
'Low pay breeds low motivation. Nowhere is this better demonstrated to be
the case than in local government.
'With mounting crises in the recruitment and retention of staff, especially
in home care and social services, now is the time for councils to value
their staff and pay them a decent wage.'
Tommy Douras, the T&G's local government specialist in London said the
London weighting campaign went to the heart of decent public service
provision in the capital. He added,
'We are saying that a flat rate£4,000 is fair. It will go a long way to
lifting many out of poverty pay levels in our capital. In our view the local
government employers can't afford not to pay it.
'With the housing market out of the reach of so many and rents going up all
the time, our members are under real pressure. To be told that some public
sector workers are worth over£6,000 in extra allowances but our members
aren't has led to anger and frustration.'
The T&G is set to start balloting its members in London 10 June. The
union represents over 10,000 workers from home helps to crossing patrol
staff, cleaners, refuse collectors, drivers and administrative staff.
Alongside Unison and the GMB, the T&G is campaigning for an increase in
basic pay of 6% or£1,750, whichever is the greater, and a separate£4,000