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London weighting

Issue No. 1871

THURSDAY 16 October could be set to see major strikes across London. Tens of thousands of workers employed by local councils in town halls, offices, depots and schools are to strike for the day in the latest phase of a long-running battle over London weighting.

They are demanding an increase to £4,000 a year in the allowance they get for the extra costs of working and living in the capital. The same day could see postal workers across London out too, around exactly the same demand.

Unison is the biggest union that represents local council workers. It is calling the 16 October strike after an 80.7 percent vote for more strikes in a ballot whose result was declared last week. Unison also plans a demonstration in central London on the day. CWU union deputy general secretary Dave Ward has suggested that postal workers could strike and join that demonstration.

Unison's regional secretary for London Nick Wright says that is an 'excellent' idea and that Unison 'would be happy to coordinate strike action with the CWU'. That kind of unity in action is exactly what is needed to win the battle over London weighting.

There could be picket lines at council offices and most schools, as well as post depots on the day. Many other workers face a similar battle over London weighting, They should organise now to support and join the 16 October action in whatever way possible.

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Sat 4 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1871
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