London pay talks break down

Talks to resolve the London weighting dispute have broken down,
writes Clare Jerrom.

The trade union side, which comprises Unison, TGWU and GMB,
claims council chiefs rejected a proposal for the dispute to be
referred to Acas for binding arbitration.

In addition, the unions say the
employers “suspended” the Greater London Provincial
Council, which is the joint negotiating machinery under which
London weighting talks were taking place.

The current London weighting payments vary between £1,500
in outer London and £2,850 in inner London. The unions are
calling for a flat London weighting rate of £4,000.

The three unions have agreed to attend talks with Acas to
explore the possibility of conciliation with the employers, and
have planned for those talks to take place later this week.

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