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Leeds council’s proposal is rubbish

Issue No. 2167

An all-out strike of some 600 refuse workers at Leeds city council is set to begin on Monday of next week.

Workers are furious at bosses’ proposals to slash their pay by up to £6,000 a year from February 2011.

Talks between the GMB and Unison unions and the council broke down last week.

The trade union side was disappointed at half-baked proposals from management that centred on a bonus scheme that they could not provide any significant details about.

GMB organiser, Bill Chard, said, “There seems to be a complete lack of understanding and basic decency on behalf of the leadership of the council and their highly paid managers.

“I cannot comprehend why they believe that cuts of this magnitude would be acceptable.

“This strike will cause mayhem in Leeds and they must take the blame.

“Workers take this action out of desperation. They know that however they juggle their finances they will not be able to pay their bills.

“This situation has been hanging over them and their families for over 12 months – it is intolerable.

“I hope that council leader Richard Brett can live with his conscience.”

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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2167
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