Bin row high­lights con­tin­u­ing fail­ings

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Ed­i­tor, If the def­i­ni­tion of a work-to-rule is ‘an in­dus­trial ac­tion in which em­ploy­ees do no more than the min­i­mum re­quired by the rules of their con­tract, and pre­cisely fol­low all safety or other reg­u­la­tions’ – then why are my bins not be­ing emp­tied?

Surely af­ter the last in­dus­trial ac­tion some­one has not ne­go­ti­ated a con­tract that re­lies on the work­ers not work­ing to rule... I mean that would leave the coun­cil wide open for ex­ploita­tion and surely the union could not agree to its mem­bers work­ing over­time in­stead of get­ting the coun­cil to em­ploy more work­ers or their mem­bers to forgo their hy­giene breaks and lunch breaks, that has surely got to be against safety reg­u­la­tions?

It would ap­pear that Unite claims that each GMB worker got up to £4,000 each and this was a re­ward for not strik­ing.

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil and GMB both say the pay­ments were in set­tle­ment of a le­gal claim over the changes to work­ing prac­tices which were not ne­go­ti­ated.

Will we ever find out the truth about all of this? Does it re­ally mat­ter?

>House­hold rub­bish be­gins to pile high on the streets of Lea Hall in Birm­ing­ham

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