The SKWAWKBOX has covered the strike by Birmingham City Council (BCC) refuse workers at some length, as staff fought against an unprincipled attack on their salaries and conditions – and then BCC u-turn as the council reneged on an Acas-mediated agreement after it was approved by the BCC Cabinet.
BCC tried to force over a hundred ‘leading hand’ refuse workers to drop a grade – and lose £3,500-5,000 from salaries already only around £20,000. And when it reneged on the deal, it tried to browbeat its staff into accepting the deal by issuing them all with redundancy notices – only to suffer a humiliating court loss when a judge awarded the union Unite an injunction banning the implementation of the redundancies.
The SKWAWKBOX’s coverage of the council’s unprincipled behaviour led to the resignation of the council leader – of a notionally Labour council – and was hailed by embattled refuse…
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