Outcome Of Manchester Bin Men Meeting
There needs to be more work done in getting the interest of refuse workers in other parts of Manchester who were not present today.
At the meeting of Shop Stewards representing around 1,800 refuse workers from Greater Manchester met a Manchester Refuse Workers Combine was set up to compile a discussion document to launch a new publication entitled “Crews News” designed exclusively for the refuse crews.
The main issues discussed were disparities in pay and the long term use of agency labour. Wage rates can be as low as 15, 700 for road sweepers and 19,000 for full HGV drivers, many of the representatives also highlighted the 365 day working in severe weather to keep Manchester clean and the increase in loads each worker had to manage leading to ill health and high sickness absence even when sickness pay was being reduced in the case if new workers in some boroughs.
One of the leading reps in attendance said “When MPs are getting 10% increases in pay what are those at the bottom getting a 1% pay freeze over the next four years, which is in effect a pay cut, its austerity for us and business as normal for them, we are glad the GMB are not swallowing that and have launched this fight back which will get the full support of the workers in my depot at least.”
Michael Dooley GMB Organiser said, "There needs to be more work done in getting the interest of refuse workers in other parts of Manchester who were not present which might take some weeks but GMB is pushing for a bigger group participation and will consider a further meeting next month in September to update.”
Contact: Michael Dooley GMB Organiser can be contacted on 07773 061