More than 100 bin lorry drivers take action over £1,000 pay cut

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

More than 100 bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services today take the first of ten days strike action over a £1,000 a year pay cut.

The action by GMB members comes after council managers refused to meet with the union for talks at ACAS on Tuesday. The managers attended at ACAS but refused to sit in the same room as GMB.

GMB regional secretary Paul Hayes 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.

“ACAS has convened further talks next week. GMB will again be prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS. We just hope the council turn up this time with a fresh approach.”

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