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B&D Strikers Shocked

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GMB Members On Strike Against £1,000 Wage Cut Shocked At New Spending On Security Guards And Dogs At Picket Lines

GMB members have received massive support from local residents who understand perfectly that a wage cut of any size, let alone £1000 a year, is a cut too far for families that have already suffered a drop in earnings since the start of the recession in 2008 says GMB.

GMB members and their supporters were shocked to find Barking and Dagenham council has employed security guards and dogs at sites where strike action is taking place until Friday 20th March.

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 wage cut. See notes to editors for previous GMB press release.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said “It beggars belief that a council that is attacking its own frontline workers with £1000 a year wage cuts would spend money in an attempt to intimidate those same workers who are lawfully resisting a cut to their wages.

GMB members have received massive support from local residents who understand perfectly that a wage cut of any size, let alone £1000 a year, is a cut too far for families that have already suffered a drop in earnings since the start of the recession in 2008. In light of this it is inconceivable how the council can find money for new spending on completely unnecessary measures against the same under threat workers who are simply exercising their democratic and lawful right to strike.”

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

Notes to editors:

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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