GMB members on strike in Barking, March 2015. Image courtesy GMB More than 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services  today begin a 13-day strike over a £1,000 pay cut. They have already tak …

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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 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services  today begin a 13-day strike over a £1,000 pay cut.

They have already taken 15 days of action and will take a further nine from May 30th.

GMB regional officer Keith Williams said “There is an elitism and imbalance within the Council in dealing with the impact of this dispute.

“The council are ensuring that the overspill of refuse is kept to a minimum in specific parts of Barking. However the same does not apply within Dagenham which has more residents in social housing.

“GMB feel that the lead councillors in encouraging a two tier borough are Darrren Rodwell and Dominic Twomey. Their intransigence in this serious dispute is having an adverse impact on residents. They are letting down the communities who elected them to public office. They should be looking after all.

“The tactics of councillors Rodwell and Twomey in their propaganda has been to inflame the dispute rather than seek a resolution. They attack GMB and its members who strive day in day out to provide a high quality service to the residents of the Borough.

“GMB members have lost trust and confidence in both councillors Rodwell and Twomey and believe that their stance indicates no intention to resolve this dispute which was of their making.

“We call upon other council members to challenge their intransigence, for the benefit of both employees and the wider community who are being made to suffer.

“GMB reminds the Council that they agreed to further talks at ACAS to resolve this dispute and we confirm that we are prepared to listen to any new proposals the council may have.”


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