Just a thought on this idea that people should be paid something close to local pay levels, not national, dependent upon the costs in an area/prevailing local wages.
It\’s entirely possible to have a principled stand that the same job should pay the same wage anywhere in the country. It\’s a pretty bad principle and I certainly don\’t agree with it but it is logically defensible.
However, that logic has already been breached. For we have London weighting on public sector wages. We already have an agreement that local wages in the public sector should reflect localwages/local costs.
If you\’re really insistent that jobs should pay the same then you should argue to abolish London weighting. And if you don\’t then you accept the basic point that wages should be variable.
After that the only question is how variable, isn\’t it?