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LONDON WEIGHTING DISPUTE: 'SPITEFUL' ACT BY COUNCILS AGAINST THE LOW PAID

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The withdrawal of an offer of more money for living and working in London for 50,000 of the lowest paid local gover...
The withdrawal of an offer of more money for living and working in London for 50,000 of the lowest paid local government has been roundly condemned this afternoon by the Transport and General Workers Union as a 'spiteful' act.

London regional industrial organiser Tommy Douras said the action of the London employersto deny the £201 for the ten lowest grades on the pay scales may well intensify industrial action across the capital.

'Far from trying to resolve a long-term problem, this mean-minded, spiteful act will make an already bad situation worse,' said a furious Mr Douras today. 'You have to ask what kind of employer is it who tantalises its lowest paid workers with some sort of hope only to snatch it away. What little trust there was in the employers has gone floating down the Thames in an empty pay packet.'

Plans are now being made to call together the union's London local government branches to discuss the next steps. The T&G had taken part in industrial action in pursuit of the flat rate £4,000 London Weighting claim lodged by the joint trade unions. Union members thought long and hard about the overall position before calling off their involvement in the London-wide strikes as the offer was reluctantly accepted. Mr Douras said the chances of strike calls being heard again were very high now.

'The employers may well find they have opened a hornet's nest of trouble,' he continued. 'We'll listen to what our members say but early reactions have been bitter.'

National organiser for the T&G Jack Dromey said he was 'absolutely amazed at the callous act' of the employers.

'It is a kick in the teeth for London's lowest paid, already struggling to maintain a decent standard of living in Europe's most expensive capital,' he said on hearing the news.

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