Exclusive: Birmingham CC ‘total climbdown’ in new bin-strike deal


bham bin bagsThe 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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