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Refuse strike on the cards in Barking and Dagenham

by Susan Aitouaziz
Issue No. 2444

Refuse workers in the GMB union at Barking and Dagenham council could strike if the council refuses to reverse cuts. 

Some 90 percent voted in favour of taking industrial action in a ballot. 

The council announced cuts last November. They included downgrading frontline workers and cutting refuse workers’ “pre-start”.

Pre-start is a safety check carried out on a refuse vehicle before it leaves the yard. It takes 30 minutes for the check to be carried out to a satisfactory level. It counts for £2,000 of refuse workers’ wages per year.

The council wants to cut pre-start to 15 minutes and slash workers’ wages by £1,000 a year. The GMB has refused to agree to this as it disregards the safety of workers and residents. 

The strike is part of a wider movement against cuts in the borough. 

Campaigners plan a candlelit vigil on Thursday of next week as part of the Campaign to Save Our Civic Centre. It assembles at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre in Dagenham.

Send messages of support to Barking and Dagenham Trades Union Council at [email protected]

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Tue 10 Mar 2015, 16:47 GMT
Issue No. 2444
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