GMB members take first of eight days’ action after ACAS talks fail to resolve dispute with council

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Public (PSI), GMB,
GMB members on strike in Barking, March 2015. Image courtesy GMB

GMB members on strike in Barking, March 2015. Image courtesy GMB

Bin lorry drivers in Barking & Dagenham are today back on strike in their long-running dispute over a £1,000 pay cut.

The GMB members will be be on strike for eight days after a third day of talks at ACAS failed to solve the dispute.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said: “These drivers stand to lose £1,000 a year and so far the council has offered them a one-off £300 ‘goodwill gesture’.

“Yesterday they upped that to £400. Having told them that a loss of £1,000 a year for life would require considerable compensation (we suggested £5,000) I think it is pretty obvious that there is a huge gap between us.

“It is not possible to bridge such a difference by haggling across the table at ACAS and both parties agreed that. We said there needs to be a fundamental change in the approach to this dispute and GMB therefore recommended that ACAS talks should be reconvened when meaningful negotiations were possible. This was agreed.

“So the strike planned for today will now have to go ahead. And we will escalate the action beyond that. The blatant attack on GMB and the drivers is now a dispute with all our members.”

 


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