University staff to strike over London weighting

London
university staff are to strike over London weighting allowances tomorrow
(Thursday).

The
staff, including lecturers, librarians, technicians and clerical workers, want
to see the weighting raised to £4,000.

The
action is the first ever joint-union strike in UK higher education.

Unions
say a £4,000 allowance is much less than that recommended by the Greater London
Authority and the independent Bett report into higher education. The
Metropolitan Police receive London payments of more than £6,000.

By Quentin Reade

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