Striking GMB members met by security guards with dogs

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

Barking and Dagenham Council has employed security guards with dogs to guard premises from striking pickets.

GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers today begin the second of three days action over wage cuts of £1,000.

A GMB member on the picket line this morning told USi News: “We were shocked when we saw the dogs. We’ve never had any problems before when we were on strike.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous. We just see it as the council provoking the workers.”

GMB senior organiser Keith Williams said: “It beggars belief that a council that is attacking its own frontline workers with £1000 a year wage cuts would spend money in an attempt to intimidate those same workers who are lawfully resisting a cut to their wages.

“GMB members have received massive support from local residents who understand perfectly that a wage cut of any size, let alone £1000 a year, is a cut too far for families that have already suffered a drop in earnings since the start of the recession in 2008.

“In light of this it is inconceivable how the council can find money for new spending on completely unnecessary measures against the same under threat workers who are simply exercising their democratic and lawful right to strike.”

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Tim Lezard

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