Headlines: July 16th, 2003

UNISON, the largest public sector union, has called out its members on selective strikes in the thirty two London Boroughs. The action, which the union claims will hit a variety of services and may continue for a month, is timed to coincide with a meeting with the employers on the London weighting claim.Currently, London weighting in the boroughs is between 1,500 and 2,850 pounds. In July 2001 the union lodged a claim for 4,000 pounds weighting for all council staff, to alleviate the excessive cost of living and working in the capital. In response to the union claim Councils have recently offered an increase of 201 pounds per annum, but only for staff earning up to 14,796 pounds.

In support of the claim UNISON point out that London firemen receive 4,300 pounds in London weighting, while the government is proposing that NHS staff receive between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds.