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.”
Contact: Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser on 0771 631 339 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.”