Leeds Refuse and Street Cleansing Continual Strike Action

24 Aug 2009

The GMB and Unison Unions met in Leeds today 24th August 2009 and decided to take continual strike action which will cause massive disruption throughout the Leeds area.
The starting date for the action will be decided on Friday 28th August following an urgently convened meeting with Leeds City Council on Thursday 27th in a bid to find a resolution to the dispute.
The dispute centres on Leeds’ decision to reduce workers wages by up to £5,000 a year and follows on from a series of day long strikes last year. The action was called off last year when the authority promised to re-design the affected workers jobs giving them extra responsibilities in return for no pay cuts. Unfortunately these promises failed to materialise and now the threatened employees feel that they have no choice but to take continual strike action with no fixed end date in an attempt to stave off the massive pay cuts that Leeds CC wish to impose on them.
Bill Chard Regional Organiser GMB said “We obviously regret the inevitable disruption that this strike action will cause to the people of Leeds, not only will the bins not be emptied for weeks and weeks on end but if people live near a fish and chip shop or any of the fast food takeaways then the bins outside those premises will overflow on to the streets too.”
For further comment contact Bill Chard on:
07958 156 838 (Mobile) or 0845 337 7777 (Office)