MISREPRESENTED: GMB accuses council leader of “sabotaging” strike
Sandwell bin workers, Image: LDRS
The leader of Sandwell Council is accused of ‘sabotaging’ a strike by binmen over safety and bullying claims, which had been disrupting bin collections.
According to GMB Union, the strike was misrepresented as ‘withdrawn’ in a press statement released by Sandwell Council yesterday (Thursday).
The strike was suspended on Tuesday after emergency talks between Serco Sandwell and GMB Union.
It is unclear whether strikes will continue to take place on the 7th, 14th, and 21st September.
Bin men had initially spoken out over pay disparity, bullying claims, and health and safety disputes in their workplace.
Over 80 bin men attended the first picket line on 31st August Sandwell Council Refuse Centre, in Oldbury. The strike, which began at 5.30am, and ended at 12pm, was aimed at Serco, a private company who manages public service contracts for local and national government.
Justine Jones, GMB Regional Organiser said: “Positive talks with Serco Sandwell are ongoing and we’re pleased with the progress so far.
“First Rajbir Singh ignored workers as strike support grew, then he failed to show any solidarity, now he blunders onto the stage to undermine their progress.
“We need politicians who will stand with our frontline heroes and fight for their safety.
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