Criticism for London Weighting strike plans

The
Association of London Government has criticised union plans to strike over
London Weighting 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 previous strikes did not find the missing millions
needed to meet the unions’ London Weighting demand.

"London
trade unions have demanded a £4,000 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 losses."

"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 at £4.20.The National Employers’ Organisation is
consulting local authorities on these proposals."

By Ben Willmott

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