Back the Birmingham bin strike
- Tuesday 19 February 2019
“This dispute is entirely of Birmingham city council’s making and it is in the council’s hands to come forward with a solution to end the discrimination experienced by Unite members”
Unite AGS Howard Beckett
The communities we serve are our communities and the bins we collect are our bins too. We don’t take strike action lightly. The current dispute, involving over 300 refuse workers, is a result of the council making secret payments to other workers who did not take part in the 2017 bin strike. Unite believes that these payments amounted to Unite members being blacklisted by the council and is pursuing legal claims through an employment tribunal.
• Birmingham council made secret payments to bin workers who did not take part in the 2017 action
• This amounts to the blacklisting of workers who lawfully took strike action to preserve their jobs. All workers should receive an equal payment
• Unite has been involved in detailed negotiations aimed at ending the dispute, however talks collapsed when Birmingham council acting in bad faith tabled a reduced offer
Please back the striking bin workers
Email your local Birmingham councillor: If you live in Birmingham then contact your local councillor and ask them to get the dispute sorted by paying all bin workers equally – use your postcode to find your councillor.
Email the council leader: Wherever you are in the country email the council leader Ian Ward direct and ask him to end the inequality and treat all workers fairly:
The industrial action will intensify with workers starting a programme of strike action from Tuesday 19 February.
The two days a week of strike action is in addition to an overtime ban and the work to rule which started on Saturday 29 December 2018.
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