Union leaders meet over London Weighting strikes

Local
government union leaders are to meet today to discuss strike action over London
Weighting payments.

They
want the present London weighting payments – which range from £1,407 to £2,646
a year – to increase to £4,000.

The
Transport and General Workers’ union, Unison and the GMB are today setting up a
joint union strike committee to plan industrial action to back the claim.

Workers
such as dinner ladies, street cleaners and classroom assistants – who are paid
as little as £9,000 a year – say they cannot afford to live in London.

The
new plans follow a national strike in July after which the lowest paid received
a 10.9 per cent pay rise.

The
employers are to meet next month to review the union’s claim.

Council
staff from London’s 32 boroughs have already been on four days of strike action
this year over the London Weighting claim.

By Ben Willmott

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