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Council workers in London have planned a fresh campaign of industrial action in support of their£4,000 London weig...
Council workers in London have planned a fresh campaign of industrial action in support of their£4,000 London weighting claim.

A one-day strike is planned for 1 October for all workers, followed by selective action over five weeks involving parking attendants, council tax collection services, street cleaners and other key groups of workers across the London boroughs.

Talks between the three unions Unison, GMB and the TUC and the London employers to resolve the dispute broke down because an improved offer was not made (LGC, 23 August). The unions are asking for£4,000 London weighting for all workers but have only been offered the national deal of a 4% pay rise.

The action is timed to coincide with the prime minister's keynote speech to the Labour Party conference in Blackpool. The unions are considering picketing the Winter Garden's conference centre.

Tommy Douras, T&G head of local government, said: 'Key council workers see allowances for some public sector workers of up to£6,000. Yet when they ask for just a proportion of that, they are told they have a shorter working week, generous holidays and parental leave provision which exceeds national provision.'

He added: 'So are the employers saying council workers ought to start a mini population boom in order to make a decent living? Frankly, that type of patronising response adds to the anger of our members rather than calms them down.'

Ann John (Lab), chair of the employers' side of the Greater London Provincial Council, said: 'It is extremely disappointing that the London local government trade unions propose to strike again. The strikes in May, June and July did not find the missing millions needed to meet the unions' London weighting demand.' (LGC, 5 July).

She added: 'Councils simply don't have the£250m needed to meet their demand. Funding the claim would mean a£90 council tax rise or 11,000 job loses.'

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