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Council workers strike over rubbish pay

Issue No. 2101

East Dunbartonshire

Council workers in East Dunbartonshire Council have taken to the picket lines in protest against the single status pay agreement.

Staff at the Mavis Valley waste transfer station went on strike from Thursday of last week until Monday, while workers at the Hilton Depot struck from Saturday of last week until Tuesday. Workers are furious over proposed wage cuts of up to 25 percent and a loss of overtime allowances.

Stephen Baillie from the GMB union said, “I have never known a ballot with such a high turnout and such a positive response.

“It is quite clear people are annoyed by the council’s reluctance to negotiate.

“These are workers who will lose a considerable amount of money if the council’s proposals go through, so they are quite right to take a stand.”

One council worker said, “The council has not been listening to us and has repeatedly used bully-boy tactics to get its own way.”


Leeds

Refuse collectors and street cleaners in Leeds have staged a third strike.

Members of the GMB union walked out on Thursday of last week against wage cuts which means 2,500 workers losing up to £6,000 each in pay.

Bill Chard from the GMB said that the industrial action could escalate, adding, “We will not stand by and see our members subjected to the plundering of their pay by highly-paid council chiefs.”


Blackburn with Darwen

Council workers in Blackburn are set to strike again on Thursday and Friday this week over single status pay cuts.

Over 200 members of the Unite union, including refuse collectors, street cleaners and gardeners, demonstrated outside the town hall on Wednesday of last week.

Members of the Unite union want the council to come up with a better deal.

Road sweeper Trevor Garsden, said, “I have been here 40 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.

“Some of these people have mortgages and they are having all this money taken off them.”

Striker Joe Linnane said, “We do nine runs in a day, of about 1,200 to 1,300 bins per round. There’s no way the council will be able to cope with that.”


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Tue 13 May 2008, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2101
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