Support the Birmingham refuse workers

Support the Brummie bin men

WHY ARE THE BIRMINGHAM BIN MEN ON STRIKE The story so far…….. Birmingham City Council claim they need to make £5.2 million savings per year to waste management. They want to remove safety critical roles from workers at the rear of the Lorries and make the driver responsible. THIS IS UNSAFE as the driver cannot monitor the rear of the lorry from the driving seat as he doesn’t have the same view. This will result in accidents to children, the public & workers. The Councils only aim is to reduce costs. They want to downgrade OUR members and give them a pay cut of up to £5K per year. This WILL NOT make the savings they require. The Council claims Unite members can be redeployed, however, this is an unrealistic option as the affected members are unlikely to have the skills to move into alternative roles. Unite are in dispute with Birmingham City Council and our members have been taking industrial action since 30th June. Unite asked the Council three times to go to ACAS before the dispute started and they refused. However, During August Birmingham City Council asked Unite to meet with ACAS to resolve the bin dispute. Unite agreed and on Aug 15th 2017 Unite & John Clancy Leader of the Council reached an agreement with ACAS. Shop stewards met the following day and agreed the terms of the agreement. It had been agreed that the safety critical G3 team leaders jobs were to be kept & developed and that ACAS would arbitrate the rest of the outstanding issues. On 18th Aug John Clancy (Lab Council Leader) sent an email confirming the deal to all depot managers confirming the ratified deal and instructing Officers to implement the agreement in line with Cabinet approval. ACAS issued a public statement that proves the deal was agreed. Unite stop industrial action. On the 24th Aug Stella Manzie the highly paid and unelected Chief Executive of the Council claimed a deal was never done. They proceed to issue redundancy notices to 113 refuse workers and backdate the letters. The Council claim this is due to a risk of equal pay claims, however, Unite’s legal advice is clear that there is no such risk. The Councils legal team and the Unions legal team endorsed that position on 7th July. Unite recommenced industrial action on 1/9/17. This is still ongoing. Help us end this dispute. Hold the Council to the ACAS deal.