Talks announced to avert further 10 days of action by Barking and Dagenham refuse drivers

PUBLISHED: 10:14 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:19 21 April 2015

Refuse workers on the picket line

Refuse workers on the picket line


The union behind the refuse collectors’ walk out has announced last minute talks to avert a further 10 days of strike action.

GMB said they are prepared to work for an outcome at a meeting with ACAS today – an organisation devoted to resolving employment disputes – if the council cooperate by turning up “with a fresh approach.”

Over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking and Dagenham council environmental services are in a dispute over a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay.

A GMB spokesman said: “After years of cuts in people’s living standards the Labour council now want people to accept cuts of up to £2,000 in their contractual pay.”

He added while the GMB welcome support from parliamentary candidate, Jon Cruddas, the council seems “out of control” and their approach is at odds with Ed Miliband’s support for working people.

GMB has given notice of two days strike on Thursday (April 23) and Friday (April 24) and a further 8 days starting on Friday 1st.

The union spokesman added: “The GMB is prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS. We just hope the council turn up at the talks with a fresh approach.”

The council has said that it will put in place a revised collection and cleansing arrangements to help deal with the effects of the strike.

The walk out is over the council’s intention to cut the time allocated for pre-start checks from 30 to 15 minutes, but a council spokesman said that “even without overtime payments, drivers will continue to earn 10 per cent more than those in other benchmarked London boroughs.”

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