Leeds Refuse workers strike

GMB Central Executive Council provide £10,000 to hardship fund for victimised workers facing pay cuts and launch appeal to all 3,000 GMB Branches for support for the Leeds strikers

GMB today disclosed that the Lib Dem/Tory administration in Leeds City Council failed to collect almost £17 million in unpaid Council and Business taxes in the year to 31st Match 2009. The figures are as follow: uncollected Council Tax £9,247,000; uncollected non domestic rates £7,484,000; a total uncollected taxes of £16,731,000. The figures are from the Department of Communities and Local Government and are from the tax year 2008/9.

The figures were disclosed today as the GMB Central Executive Council (CEC) announced that it will provide an initial £10,000 to the hardship fund for GMB members on strike in Leeds since the 7th September. Leeds City Council is going ahead with plans to cut the wages of refuse workers by one third, on average from £18,000 to just £13,000 a year.

GMB’s Central Executive Council also announced that it was launching an appeal to all 3,000 GMB Branches across the UK for financial and other support. The GMB Central Executive Council made clear that it would make further announcements of supporting events over the forthcoming weeks to support the strikers and to highlight the scandal of mismanagement of Leeds City Council by the Lib Dem Tory coalition.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said, “The Lib Dem/Tory administration has failed the people of Leeds. Their negligence in not collecting nearly £17 million in unpaid council and non domestic rates heaps financial misery on the rest of the taxpayers of Leeds.

This is in stark contrast to their attacks on their own workers in the cleaning departments on whom they seek to impose huge wage cuts. It is not only rubbish which is not being collected in Leeds.

GMB’s Executive today provided £10,000 towards the hardship fund for the victimised workers and have launched a nationwide appeal to all 3,000 GMB Branches across the UK for financial and other support.

GMB CEC will also announce supporting events over the forthcoming weeks to highly the scandal of mismanagement of Leeds City Council by the Lib Dem/Tory Coalition. These are the people who want our votes to run the country when they cannot collect the taxes or the rubbish in Leeds.”