Unions to discuss more London strikes

Unions representing staff at the 32 London boroughs are to
meet on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of taking further
industrial action over London weighting payments,
writes Clare Jerrom.

Public sector union Unison, the Transport and General Workers
Union and the GMB are set to meet to discuss the course of action
for campaigning for higher London weighting payments.

The current weighting stands at between £1,400 and
£2,600 for local government workers, but the unions want to
see a flat rate of £4,000 introduced for council workers in

Unison has already been on strike for four days about the issue.
If it is decided that industrial action will be taken, it could
result in the 55,000 joint membership of the three unions going out
on strike.

A spokesperson for Unison said as social services is the second
largest services sector for the membership after education, it is
likely that there would be “significant disruption” in social
services if further industrial action goes ahead.

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