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Sandwell bins walkout over pay

Issue No. 2219

Bin workers in Sandwell, near Birmingham, struck on Wednesday of last week in a long-running dispute over pay.

The strike brings together Unite and GMB union members in protest at a single status deal that has cut their wages.

Under the deal, some workers have had their pay slashed by £2,900 a year, and they want it restored.

The Labour-led council also wants to outsource the workers to private firm Serco. This threatens to further undermine pay, conditions and services.

Workers have been operating a work to rule since July and plan further strikes on Thursday of this week and Friday of next week.

Disgracefully, the council is using temporary workers to try and undermine the strike.

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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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