Recommendations that rates should be comparable with the private sector would lead to some public sector workers in London being paid up to 37% more than their colleagues outside the capital.
Greater London workers would receive a 22% uplift, which Unison has calculated would be£4,004 for the average wage - in line with its existing flat rate claim of£4,000 for London weighting. Outer London workers would receive up to 15% uplift.
Bill Knight, chair of the London weighting panel - made up of trade unionists, public and private sector professionals - said: 'We fully appreciate that our proposals represent significant increases in London allowances in some occupations and they can be opposed on the grounds of cost.
The report suggests employers and staff join forces to lobby central government for additional funding to meet the pay bill.
Unison, whose local government members have been out on strike over the issue, welcomed parts of the report, praising the fact that no distinction was made between key workers.
A statement from the Association of
London Government said it would make
'a detailed analysis of the report and
discuss the implications with the 33
London boroughs and the local government unions'.
However, the ALG has decided to wait until publication of the Audit Commission's recruitment and retention report, due in September, and the outcome of the national local government pay negotiations before any decision is made.
The result of Unison's strike ballot over pay is due this evening. It is expected to be very close.