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ACAS Barking and Dagenham Talks

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last Ditch Talks At ACAS On Tues 21st April To Avert Further 10 Days Of Strike By Barking And Dagenham Refuse Drivers In Pay And Safety Dispute

We are prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS and we just hope the council turn up at the talks with a fresh approach says GMB.

There will be last ditch talks at ACAS tomorrow (21st April) to avert a further 10 days of strike action by over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services in a dispute over a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay arising from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles.

GMB has given notice of two days strike from 6am on Thursday 23rd April until 10pm on Friday 24th April and a further 8 days from 6am on Friday 1st to 10pm on Friday 8th May. Members have already taken five days of strike action on 18/19/20 March and on 7/8 April in this dispute. See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser, said “GMB welcome the initiative by John Cruddas to pull the sides together at ACAS. The talks are scheduled for tomorrow and GMB will attend.

After years of cuts in people living standards the Labour Council now want people to accept cuts of up to £2,000 in their contractual pay.

While we welcome support from John Cruddas the council seems out of control and their approach is completely at odds with Ed Miliband’s support for working people and their families.

GMB is prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS. We just hope the council turn up at the talks with a fresh approach.”

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Contact: Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 631339 or GMB Press Office on 07974 251823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

GMB release 18th March 2015

GMB STRIKE IN BARKING AND DAGENHAM ON 18,19 & 20 MARCH WITH A FURTHER TWO DAYS ON 7TH & 8TH APRIL OVER £1,000 PAY CUT FOR REFUSE DRIVERS

An overwhelming 75% of the local community support the decision of members to take strike action to defend their wages says GMB

GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take strike action on 18/19/20 March and on 7/8 April over a £1,000 a year pay cut. See notes to editors for previous GMB press release.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said “Local residents were asked to respond to an independent online survey conducted by the Barking & Dagenham Post on Barking & Dagenham Council’s decision to cut pay of refuse/ cleansing drivers by £1,000 a year. An overwhelming 75% of the local community support the decision of GMB members to take strike action to defend their wages.

The residents have spoken and this shows the high esteem that they hold for the council employees who do such a valuable role in the community where they all live and serve.

The Council should now listen to the public and do the right thing and reverse their arbitrary decision to cut the wages of GMB members by £1,000.”

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GMB press release dated 3rd March.

GMB Members To Strike Over £1,000 A Year Pay Cut When Council Pay Four New Employees Annual Six Figure Salaries Each

GMB is calling on London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council to reconsider the need for the expensive, new posts and halt the attack on Council bin lorry drivers who deliver frontline services directly to residents

GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services have voted to strike over a £1,000 a year pay cut. The ballot produced a 90% turnout.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said, “There is clearly something wrong when Barking & Dagenham council is cutting the pay of front-line service workers and increasing the wage bill with the introduction of new high level posts, and at the same time compromising health & safety.

There is no doubt at all that residents need a well-functioning refuse/cleansing service but there is a question as to whether residents will benefit from any of these expensive new jobs.

The council is forcing the bin lorry drivers to defend their existing pay and working conditions against an unproven attack to the point when they have to consider strike action to keep what they already have.

GMB is calling on the council to reconsider the need for the expensive, invisible new posts and halt the attack on council employees who work on the roads delivering invaluable services to residents.”

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