Roads maintenance workers in north London to begin indefinite strike from next Monday over threatened job cuts

Tim Lezard

 

GMB logoRoads maintenance workers in north London are to begin an indefinite strike from next Monday (11 March) over threatened redundancies.

The GMB accuses Brent council of planning to transfer staff into “non-existent jobs”.

Officials say the plan to transfer workers at Brent Highway Operations to the private contractor Conway/Aecom will result in greater management costs, but less cleaning and maintenance work being carried out by fewer workers on the borough’s streets.

Alan Costello, GMB regional officer, said “It was clear from the published figures that there could not possibly be jobs with Conway/Aecom for all affected employees and the service they provide to the citizens of Brent would be severely curtailed.

“Citizens of the borough may well wish to increase insurance against flooding in their homes because the amount of gully cleaning will be seriously reduced.

“Brent made an offer to redeploy the 4 staff who would not have had jobs with Conway/Aecom but only if the strike was called off.

“That clearly demonstrates the utter contempt Brent has for its staff.

“It is quite prepared to sell them to the highest bidder or TUPE them to non-existent jobs from which they will be made redundant and receive redundancy terms well below those currently offered by the council.”

Officials say they have put an alternative redundancy proposal to the council, but that this has been rejected.

The GMB says it is willing to take part in further negotiations to try to resolve the dispute.


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Tim Lezard

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