Bin workers in Bromley, south east London, opened an official strike ballot on Monday of this week following an unofficial walkout last month.
The 120 workers are members of the Unite union employed by Veolia. They are demanding the reinstatement of four colleagues who were sacked for removing “excess” garden waste.
They were initially accused of taking a cash-in-hand payment, but an internal appeals process found that no money changed hands.
Bromley council workers also protested on Monday of this week against plans to sack them all and rehire them on worse terms and conditions, breaking from national agreements.
Barnet hosts ‘Question Time’
Over 150 people came to a Question Time organised by the anti-cuts Barnet Alliance for Public Services in the north London borough.
A panel of the leaders of the borough’s three parties discussed the £1 billion “One Barnet” outsourcing programme. Supporters of the plan were hugely outnumbered by opponents.
The campaign has organised a film showing on Monday 19 November, 6.30pm at the Grimond Room in the Houses of Parliament.