Binmen set to strike in row over pay and conditions

Binmen set to strike in row over pay and conditions: Refuse collection workers in Eastbourne will stage walkout from tomorrow as unions announce escalation of industrial action in Coventry

  • Binmen are planning series of strikes from Friday over pay and conditions
  • Around 70 drivers are in their second day of a 48-hour walkout in Coventry
  • GMB said almost 50,000 households could be affected in Eastbourne by strike 

Refuse collection workers are to stage a series of strikes from Friday in two separate disputes over pay and conditions.

Members of the GMB in Eastbourne will walk out on Friday and Monday, while Unite announced an escalation of industrial action in Coventry.

Around 70 drivers are in the second day of a 48-hour walkout in Coventry, but Unite announced 19 extra strike dates in the coming weeks.

General secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘Unite is entirely dedicated to protecting the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will give the workers in Coventry the union’s full support in this dispute with what is supposed to be a Labour council.

Refuse collection workers are to stage a series of strikes from Friday in two separate disputes over pay and conditions. Pictured: Overflowing bins in Aston, Birmingham on Tuesday

‘It should be joining with the union to fight the scourge of poverty pay and ending the need to work excessive hours to make ends meet.’

The GMB said almost 50,000 households could be affected in Eastbourne by the strike.

The union said the local council had offered drivers around £12.30 an hour in response to a claim for £13.50.

GMB official Declan MacIntyre said: ‘All our drivers want is the going rate for HGV drivers so they can make ends meet in an expensive part of the country’

GMB official Declan MacIntyre said: ‘All our drivers want is the going rate for HGV drivers so they can make ends meet in an expensive part of the country.

‘For the council to offer well below that shows they’re not serious about their workers and not serious about preventing disruption to 50,000 Eastbourne residents.

‘The last thing these drivers want to do is strike and they are so sorry about the impact this will have on the people of Eastbourne, but the barbaric working conditions they suffer leave them with no choice.’

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