Strike planned over London pay

Unions are planning further strike action next week to campaign
for a flat rate in London weighting.

Members of Unison, GMB and TGWU are to stage a one-day strike in
London on 1 October. They want to see a flat rate of
£4,000 introduced for council workers in London, as currently
the weighting varies between £1,400 and £2,600.

As many as 100,000 local government workers could strike across
the London boroughs. All council services are likely to be
affected, but emergency social care services will be covered.

The unions are also threatening further selective action, if
employers fail to meet their demands.

Ann John, chairperson of the employers’ side of the
Greater London Provincial Council, said it was disappointing that
the unions propose to strike again. “The strikes in May, June and
July did not find the missing millions needed to meet the unions’
London weighting demand.”

“London councils are committed to meeting the offer on national
pay, but simply can’t afford any more,” she added.

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