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LONDON WEIGHTING DISPUTE - UNIONS MEET TODAY

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Unison, the largest union in local government, is meeting with other trade unions involved in the London Weighting ...
Unison, the largest union in local government, is meeting with other trade unions involved in the London Weighting dispute to discuss the next phase of the campaign in support of the claim for a flat rate of£4,000.

Contrary to press reports yesterday, the joint trade union side did not meet yesterday nor has there been a joint decision on further strike action.

The greater London provincial council trade union side strike committee meets today to discuss the next step in the claim for a rise in London Weighting for local government workers in 32 London boroughs.

Unison's 55,000 local government members in London have already taken part in four days of strike action over the claim, which seeks a flat rate increase to£4,000. Local government workers receive£1,407 in outer London and£2,674 in inner London.

The strike committee last met on 8 July to agree the final details for the strike action taken on 17 July.

Julia Coleman, chief trade union side negotiator and Unison regional head of local government, confirmed she had written to the employers two weeks ago seeking a positive response to the London Weighting claim, which was lodged in July 2001.

The employers have agreed to meet to discuss the claim in early September.

The meeting of the trade union negotiators will decide on further industrial action. There has been no decision taken on a date or what form that action might take. Details will be notified after the meeting.

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