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Blackburn council workers set for indefinite strike over pay

Issue No. 2099

Hundreds of workers at Blackburn with Darwen council are set to go on indefinite strike from Wednesday of next week over the implementation of a single status pay deal.

About 600 refuse collectors, gardeners, street cleaners and school caretakers in the GMB and Unite unions are to take part in the action.

Graham Coxon, GMB union organiser, said, 'The streets won't be cleaned and people's bins won't be emptied. It won't take long for that to kick in.

'It is our intention to bring our members on an all-out strike until they put something on the table that will satisfy us. It could go on for a day, it could go on for a week, it could go on for a month.'

The single status deal has seen 1,266 of the council's 5,800 staff facing wage cuts. Hundreds of workers who already earn less than £15,000 a year face cuts, and more than half of the 1,266 'losers' would have their salaries cut by more than 10 percent.

A letter sent to workers threatend that they will be sacked if they do not agree to the new terms and conditions.

Unison has also rejected the pay changes but is not set to strike. Council chiefs were set to meet for talks with the GMB and Unite on Wednesday of this week.

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Tue 29 Apr 2008, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2099
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