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LONDON'S WORKERS PLAN EXTRA STRIKES

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More strikes are planned by the capital's council workers over London weighting following the apparent success of t...
More strikes are planned by the capital's council workers over London weighting following the apparent success of the recent national pay talks.

London's town hall unions have been galvanised by the 7.8% proposed pay increase - 10.9% for the lowest paid - brokered by the Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service (LGC, 9 August).

A series of one day strikes and selective action, which is expected to target income generating departments such as traffic wardens, will start again in September if no movement on demands is made at a meeting on 12 September, the T&G, Unison and the GMB announced this week.

There have already been four days of strikes by Unison members in May, June and July over London weighting after the unions asked for a flat-rate of£4,000 for the capital's council staff at Christmas.

T&G national organiser Jack Dromey said: 'Councils in Europe's most expensive capital city have not been offered one penny more on London weighting. Our members have had enough.'

Employers and unions are consulting their members over the national pay deal suggested by ACAS. A decision will be made next month.

An Association of London Government spokeswoman said: 'Councils simply do not have the£250m needed to meet their demand. Funding the claim would mean a£90 council tax rise or 11,000 job losses.'

An independent report, commissioned by the London Assembly, said public sector staff in inner London should be paid up to a third more than those in the rest of the country - approximately equivalent to£4,000. However, it did stop short of recommending a flat-rate, claiming staff in

outer London should get up to 15% more.

At the moment, the capital's council staff are paid between£1,400 and£2,600 more than staff elsewhere. But London's councils are experiencing problems with the

recruitment and retention of staff. The Chamber of Commerce estimates 65,000 people will leave London over the next decade due to the cost of living.

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