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STATEMENT ON PROSPECT OF MORE COUNCIL WORKER STIKES

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Responding to the local government trade unions' announcement of further strike action over London pay, an Associat...
Responding to the local government trade unions' announcement of further strike action over London pay, an Association of London Government spokesperson said:

'It is extremely disappointing that the London local government trade unions propose to strike again in September. The strikes in May, June and July did not find the missing millions needed to meet the unions London weighting demand.

'London trade unions have demanded a£4000 London weighting payment on top of the national pay award. 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.'

'I'm pleased ACAS was able to find a potential solution on the national pay dispute. The proposals offer a generous two-year deal worth nearly 11 per cent for the lowest-paid. The impact of the proposals would guarantee a minimum rate of£6.17 for council employees in London from October 2002 - this compares to the National Minimum Wage rate of£4.20. The national Employers' Organisation are currently consulting local authorities on these proposals.'

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The Association of London Government is committed to fighting for more resources for London and getting the best possible deal for London's 33 councils. Part think-tank, part lobbying organisation and part service provider, the ALG formulates policies, organises campaigns and runs a range of services all designed to make life better for Londoners.

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