Bin row highlights continuing failings
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