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Yes to action across London

Issue No. 1867

VOTING STARTED this week in a ballot of 58,000 workers employed by local councils across London over their long-running London Weighting dispute.

The ballot will run until 19 September and could then lead to a one-day London-wide strike and demo, followed by selective strikes in schools.

The workers, members of Unison, range from council white collar and manual staff to support workers in schools.

For over a year now they have been fighting for an increase in the allowance they get for the costs of living and working in the capital.

They have staged both London-wide and selective action involving groups in each of the 32 London boroughs.

Some of the strikes saw united action with members of the TGWU and GMB unions.

Leaders of those unions have now accepted the employers' derisory offer of an extra £201 a year, which is only for people on less than £14,900.

In London that means many workers would not get a penny extra. Unison leaders have rejected that offer. But they refuse to call the further strike action, which is covered by existing ballots.

Instead they are insisting on holding the 'consultative' ballot which started this week. It is vital that activists campaign to deliver a substantial yes vote.

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Sat 6 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1867
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