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The first review of London weighting in the public sector for 28 years makes recommendations which would see wage b...
The first review of London weighting in the public sector for 28 years makes recommendations which would see wage bills for councils in the capital soar.

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.

'But if we are right in our conclusions, then the savings which result from paying London weighting at current levels are achieved by requiring London workers to work for lower real pay than their counterparts elsewhere. London will, in the end, get the work force of the quality it pays for.'

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.

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