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Barking And Dagenham More Strikes

Monday, May 11, 2015

Further 22 Days Strike Between 13 May And 7th June By Barking And Dagenham Refuse Drivers Over Loss Of £1,000 Per Year In Regular Pay

There is an elitism and imbalance within the Council in dealing with the impact of the dispute and the intransigence of leading councillors who caused it is having an adverse impact on residents says GMB.

Over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take a further 22 days of strike action in a dispute over cut of £1,000 a year in regular contractual pay which arises from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles. This is a cut to their regular pay not to overtime and as well as being a loss of £1,000 while at work will also impact on their pensions.

There will be 13 days from 6am on Wednesday 13th May until 10pm on Monday 25 May followed by a further 9 days from 6am on Saturday 30th May to 10pm on Sunday 7th June. See notes to editors for copies of previous press releases.

Talks at ACAS on 30th April failed to avert further strike action. The drivers have already taken 15 days of strike action on18/19/20 March and on 7/8 and 23/ 24 April and from 1st May to 8th May.

The details of where the picket line will be placed are as follows:

From 6am on striker days between 15th May and 7th June 2015,

Outside Frizlands Lane Depot,

Rainham Road North,

Dagenham, RM10 7HX.

 

There will be members with flags and union banners on picket duty there. GMB officers and members will also be available for interview there.

Keith Williams, GMB Regional Officer, said “There is an elitism and imbalance within the Council in dealing with the impact of this dispute.

The council are ensuring that the overspill of refuse is kept to a minimum in specific parts of Barking. However the same does not apply within Dagenham which has more residents in social housing.

GMB feel that the lead councillors in encouraging a two tier borough are Darrren Rodwell and Dominic Twomey. Their intransigence in this serious dispute is having an adverse impact on residents. They are letting down the communities who elected them to public office. They should be looking after all.

The tactics of councillors Rodwell and Twomey in their propaganda has been to inflame the dispute rather than seek a resolution. They attack GMB and its members who strive day in day out to provide a high quality service to the residents of the Borough.

GMB members have lost trust and confidence in both councillors Rodwell and Twomey and believe that their stance indicates no intention to resolve this dispute which was of their making.

We call upon other Council members to challenge their intransigence, for the benefit of both employees and the wider community who are being made to suffer.

GMB reminds the Council that they agreed to further talks at ACAS to resolve this dispute and we confirm that we are prepared to listen to any new proposals the Council may have."

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Contact:  Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 631339 or GMB Press Office on 07974 251823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Copies of previous GMB press releases:

Press release dated 30th April 2015

8 Day Strike From 1st May By Barking And Dagenham Refuse Drivers In Pay And Safety Dispute After Talks At ACAS Fail To Avert Action

It is not possible to bridge difference between union members and the council by haggling across the table at ACAS and both parties agreed that says GMB

Over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take strike action from 6am on Friday 1st May until 10pm on Friday 8th May 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. See notes to editors for copies of previous press releases.

A third day of talks at ACAS on 30th April failed to avert this eight days of strike action. The drivers have already taken seven days of strike action on18/19/20 March and on 7/8 and 23/ 24 April.

The details of where the picket line will be placed are as follows:

From 6am on1st May to 8th May 2015,

Outside Frizlands Lane Depot,

Rainham Road North,

Dagenham, RM10 7HX

There will be members with flags and union banners on picket duty there. GMB officers and members will also be available for interview there.                                                                                

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said “GMB attended a further ACAS meeting with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) management today 30th April, still trying to resolve the dispute over refuse, grounds and cleansing drivers' pay.

These drivers stand to lose £1000 a year and so far the Council has offered them a one-off £300 'goodwill gesture'. Today they upped that to £400. Having told them that a loss of £1000 a year for life would require considerable compensation (we suggested £5000) I think it is pretty obvious that there is a huge gap between us.

It is not possible to bridge such a difference by haggling across the table at ACAS and both parties agreed that. We said there needs to be a fundamental change in the approach to this dispute and GMB therefore recommended that ACAS talks should be reconvened when meaningful negotiations were possible. This was agreed.

However, following that discussion the LBBD management went behind our backs and did a deal with Unison and Unite (who don't have any members involved in this strike). I have to say that I just don't understand what those unions are doing, colluding with the Council leadership to undermine an official strike. I do know what LBBD management are doing - splitting the unions to try to divide and conquer. It won't work.

GMB members who have been striking to protect their pay will be incensed by this attempt to stab them in the back by the Council and the other unions. If anyone thinks this will weaken GMB or our members' determination they can think again.

So the strike planned for tomorrow will now have to go ahead. And we will escalate the action beyond that.

The blatant attack on GMB and the drivers is now a dispute with all our members.”

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Notes to editors

GMB press release 22 April

STRIKE ON 23/24 APRIL BY BARKING AND DAGENHAM REFUSE DRIVERS IN PAY AND SAFETY DISPUTE AFTER NO TALKS AT ACAS ON 21ST APRIL TO AVERT 10 DAYS OF STRIKE

ACAS has convened further talks next week when GMB will be prepared to work for an outcome and we hope the council turn up this time with a fresh approach says GMB

Over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take strike action from 6am on Thursday 23rd April until 10pm on Friday 24th April 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. Details of where the picket lines will be on both days are set out below.

This is after Barking and Dagenham managers refused to meet with GMB for talks at ACAS on Tuesday 21st April. The managers attended at ACAS but refused to sit in the same room as GMB and their own employees at ACAS.

The talks has been called to avert a further 10 days of strike action after GMB gave 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.

The details of where the picket line will be placed are as follows:

From 6am on 23 and 24 April 2015,

Outside Frizlands Lane Depot,

Rainham Road North,

Dagenham, RM10 7HX

There will be members with flags and union banners on picket duty there. GMB officers and members will also be available for interview there.

Paul Hayes, GMB Regional Secretary, said “Following a completely wasted day at ACAS Barking and Dagenham managers were not prepared to even meet with GMB or their own employees in the same room to solve the dispute.

This must be a massive disappointment to the residents of Barking and Dagenham that the council they elected does not seem interested in bringing this dispute to an end.

The workforce representatives attended ACAS today with the intention of trying to avert further industrial action. The residents of Barking and Dagenham will make their judgement when the opportunity arises.

ACAS has convened further talks next week. GMB will again be prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS. We just hope the council turn up this time with a fresh approach.”

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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