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LONDON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY PRESSURE GROWS

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Thousands of local government workers in London belonging to the Transport ...
Thousands of local government workers in London belonging to the Transport

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',

union members will be asked whether they will be prepared to strike on both

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

London weighting.

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