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Barking bin lorry driver strike

Bin lorry drivers are on strike (library photo) Credit: PA

Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham have gone on strike for two days in protest at a £1,000 pay cut.

Ninety per cent of GMB union members employed as bin lorry drivers in the borough turned out to vote in the industrial action ballot.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said, "There is clearly something wrong when Barking and Dagenham council is cutting the pay of front-line service workers and increasing the wage bill with the introduction of new high level posts, and at the same time compromising health and safety.

There is no doubt at all that residents need a well-functioning refuse/cleansing service but there is a question as to whether residents will benefit from any of these expensive new jobs."