GMB reps say they will attend tomorrow’s talks at ACAS

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

Last-ditch talks are tomorrow taking place in a bid to avert a further 10 days of strike action by GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services.

More than 100 workers have already taken action in the row of a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay arising from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles.

GMB senior organiser Keith Williams said: “GMB welcome the initiative by John Cruddas to pull the sides together at ACAS. The talks are scheduled for tomorrow and GMB will attend.

“After years of cuts in people living standards the Labour Council now want people to accept cuts of up to £2,000 in their contractual pay.

“While we welcome support from John Cruddas the council seems out of control and their approach is completely at odds with Ed Miliband’s support for working people and their families.

“GMB is prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS. We just hope the council turn up at the talks with a fresh approach”.

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