STREET CLEANERS were on the picket lines at Ley Street depot in Redbridge, east London, last week. The Unison union members are part of the Londonwide campaign for £4,000 London weighting for council workers. Steve Wheeler, a street orderly on Wanstead High Street, said, 'We had a pay cut ten years ago. People are fed up living hand to mouth. We are fed up working seven days a week for this money. It's wrong for the government to give themselves a 40 percent pay rise when they don't give it to the rest of us.'
Bin workers in the London boroughs of Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Lewisham, Hackney and Hounslow were also on strike as part of the London weighting battle last week. Union leaders from all the unions involved were holding key meetings this week to discuss the future of the fight.