Breaking News: Barnet Bin workers Trade Dispute meeting with Barnet Council Update 1
What is happening?
At 10 am on Monday 21 September 2020, Barnet UNISON and GMB are in an emergency meeting to discuss the management proposal to impose a contractual change for all bin workers.
Barnet UNISON have for the last six months tried to convince senior Street Scene management that there is no need to adopt aggressive tactics towards bin workers who have worked through constant changes to the bin service, a depot that has been a building site for the past year and lastly COVID with all the additional stresses that brings.
We have made the point that other Council workers who work Bank Holidays and weekends do so without imposing any contractual changes.
We want our members to be treated the same as any other Council workers.
What is our proposal?
Barnet UNISON proposal is that we would sign a Bin workers local agreement for working Bank Holidays at the same rates of Pay as other Council workers with the understanding that there are no changes to the contracts.
What happens if the Council does not agree to UNISONs proposal?
If we do not reach an agreement at this meeting which we can recommend to our members then we will register a formal dispute with the Council.
What does that mean?
Immediately after the meeting Barnet UNISON will submit a report to London Region UNISON to begin the legal process of organising a strike ballot.
Barnet UNISON will be organising a mixture of online meetings and social distanced meetings down the depot to explain the process to all of our members.
Keep a look out for our next text and email messages.