Dustbins to overflow in Leeds

Strike action will commence with the first day of strike on Wednesday 23 April 2008, an indefinite work-to-rule will start on Thursday 24 April 2008, with a further day of strike action planned for the local Election Day on 1 May 2008

 

16 Apr 2008

Members of GMB employed in refuse and street cleansing in Leeds City Council, have voted by a majority in favour of industrial action in response to Leeds City Council’s proposals for a new pay and grading system. GMB members voted by 75% to 25% to take strike action and by 95.5% to 4.5% to take action short of a strike.

Strike action will commence with the first day of strike on Wednesday 23 April 2008, an indefinite work-to-rule will start on Thursday 24 April 2008, with a further day of strike action planned for the local Election Day on 1 May 2008. The City council has been notified by GMB of the ballot vote and the dates for action.

GMB Senior Organiser, Neil Derrick said:

“GMB members are angry at Leeds City Council’s failure to provide a pay and grading structure which delivers fairness and equality. There are only two ways to deal with equal pay, the right way and the wrong way, the right way – which the GMB has been pushing for – is to bring the pay for women workers up, to match their male counter parts. The wrong way is to bring the pay of men down to meet the already low pay levels of women employees. GMB members in Leeds voted overwhelmingly to reject Leeds City Council’s proposals and since then the GMB has been trying to gain an improvement, however Leeds City Council have refused to budge. The GMB has served notice therefore that we will pursue thousands of equal pay claims through the courts and launch a campaign of industrial action until a new, fair pay system is introduced within Leeds.”

This is a GMB Press Release: www.gmb.org.uk



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