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East London bin workers call 12-day strike over wage grades
Bin workers in Newham, east London could have lost over £20,000 each over the last decade.
The regional officer for their union Unite, Onay Kasab, said: "Backsliding and 'ducking and diving' has been the hallmark of the council's attitude to this issue."
The 45 refuse workers voted by a margin of 88% to strike for 12 days from Monday 26 June.
Onay went on to say: "If the strike goes ahead, most household bins in the borough won't be collected and there could be an unpleasant stench in the hot weather, worthy of Victorian London.
"This gives an added incentive for the Acas talks... to succeed and deliver a fair settlement for our members.
"Newham Council has repeatedly failed to live up to the agreement it signed more than a decade ago for the progression from grade 3 to grade 4 and then grade 5 on the national pay scales."
These important council workers can take inspiration from Newham gas managers, also in Unite, who last month blocked pay cuts with just the threat of strike action.
Ian Pattison, East London Socialist Party
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