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Barking And Dagenham Strikes Go Ahead

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

No Talks Took Place At ACAS On Tues 21st April On Further 10 Days Of Strike By Barking And Dagenham Refuse Drivers In Pay And Safety 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 says GMB

Barking and Dagenham managers today 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 by over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services 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.

GMB has given 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.

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.”

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

Notes to editors

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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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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