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East London refuse workers oppose pay cuts

Issue No. 2448

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, struck for two days from Tuesday of this week against council bosses’ plans to slash their pay by £1,000 a year.

But workers are also striking over health and safety concerns. The GMB union members struck for three days last month. 

A striker told Socialist Worker, “Management want to cut our ‘pre start’ times, when we do health and safety checks on our lorries.

“You just can’t do a ‘pre start’ on a dust cart in 15 minutes—you need at least 30.” 

Bosses refuse to budge but support is coming in.

“We’ve had solidarity from GMB branches across Britain,” he said.

Teachers in Langdon School, East Ham, collected £36 for the strike fund. “We’re all suffering the same attacks at work—and it’s good to see a group of workers fighting back,” one NUT union member told Socialist Worker. 

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Tue 7 Apr 2015, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2448
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