GMB and Barking and Dagenham Council agree to ACAS talks to resolve drivers dispute and GMB suspends strike action.
It's good news For Barking and Dagenham residents that this dispute is moving from the streets to the negotiating table says GMB.
Today (4th June) The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) and GMB issued a joint statement saying they have agreed to go back to ACAS to seek to resolve the refuse driver's dispute.
The talks will also look at the current and future working relationship between the parties with a view to improving relations between the Council and the Trade Union.
In recognition of the re-establishment of negotiations the GMB have agreed to suspend industrial action with immediate effect.
Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said: "It is good news for Barking and Dagenham residents that this dispute is moving from the streets to the negotiating table".
Chris Naylor Chief Executive of LB Barking and Dagenham said: "I welcome the opportunity to draw a line under the recent dispute and get back round the table to talk about how we work more constructively with the GMB in the future"
ACAS Chief Conciliator David Prince said "ACAS stands ready to assist LBBD and GMB in their on-going discussions".
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