Stella Manzie, the interim chief executive of Birmingham council should follow the lead of councillor leader John Clancy and resign and the council honour the Acas agreement it reached to settle the bin dispute, Britain’s largest union Unite said today (Monday 11 September).
The call, following the resignation of John Clancy as the leader of Birmingham city council, comes ahead of Thursday’s high court hearing in London where Unite will be seeking an injunction against redundancy notices handed out to over 100 of Birmingham’s refuse workers.
Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Stella Manzie must follow in John Clancy’s footsteps and resign and the council honour the Acas agreement it reached with Unite to settle this dispute.
“The interim chief executive has lost the trust of Birmingham city council’s workforce and the people of Birmingham. Time and again through her action Stella Manzie has shown herself to be dishonourable.
“Stella Manzie has twice blocked Unite lawyers meeting council lawyers to discuss the fictitious equal pay concerns, she is using to scupper the agreement that Unite reached with the council at Acas.
“John Clancy in his statement has made it clear this agreement was reached with the full knowledge of the cabinet.
“There is now a democratic deficit in Birmingham council. I would call upon Labour councillors to fill this democratic deficit and force Stella Manzie to allow the lawyers to meet to allay any concerns they may have on equal pay and to allow them to implement the Acas deal.
“This is the minimum that the people of Birmingham deserve.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.