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Barking & Dagenham Remembers

Monday, April 27, 2015

GMB Members Working As Environmental Service Drivers In Barking & Dagenham Will Lay Wreaths Outside Refuse Depot And Dagenham Civic Centre In Memory Of People Killed By Refuse Vehicles In Thurrock, Waltham Forest, Bristol And Glasgow

We remember the people who have died and been injured in recent months and pledge to the residents of Barking and Dagenham that we will continue to ensure the road worthiness of council refuse /cleansing vehicles on their roads say GMB

GMB members, employed as drivers within Barking & Dagenham Environmental services who are currently in dispute with the council over a £1,000 a year wage cut, will mark International Workers Memorial Day on Tuesday 28th April by laying a wreath outside their workplace at:


10.30 A.M. ON
TUESDAY 28TH APRIL
FRIZLANDS LANE DEPOT
RAINHAM ROAD NORTH
DAGENHAM
RM10 7HX

1.30 P.M. ON
TUESDAY 28TH APRIL
DAGENHAM CIVIC CENTRE
RAINHAM ROAD NORTH
DAGENHAM
RM10 7BN

 

·          In February this year a refuse worker employed by Thurrock Council died following a collision between the waste collection vehicle he was travelling in and a heavy goods vehicle.

·          Six people were killed and eight others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow in December 2014.

·          A woman died after a collision with a council refuse lorry in November 2014 The woman, a pedestrian aged 72 and from the local area, was in a collision with a refuse lorry contracted by Tewkesbury Borough Council.

·          A bin man was killed in a Kier bin lorry crash on A406 near Hall Lane in Chingford in September 2014.

 

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said, “Driving a refuse/cleansing vehicle is a very responsible and dangerous job and the four recent fatal accidents in the last five months shows. The drivers have to be vigilant of the whereabouts of not only the refuse team working with the vehicle but also pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

They have the utmost confidence in the vehicle they are in charge of and know to their own satisfaction that mandatory vehicle checks are fully compliant with the guidelines from VOSA who are the regulatory body, before it leaves the depot, to do its vital job of clearing rubbish safely.

We remember the people who have died and been injured in recent months and pledge to the residents of Barking and Dagenham that we will continue to ensure the road worthiness of council refuse /cleansing vehicles on their roads.”

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

 

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