Unison Bin Ballot results
You may have read in the local media that there's another Bin Workers industrial action taking place with UNITE members, but UNISON workers are also part of the Waste Management workforce and recently there was a ballot for industrial action.
Members voted , 100% for industrial action in the form of action short of strike and voting 90% for industrial action in the form of strike action .
The ballot is in relation to a trade dispute with Birmingham City Council over their refusal to pay remuneration to UNISON members working in the refuse service, in the same sums as remuneration paid (directly or indirectly) to GMB member employees working on the same terms and conditions.
What happens next
The West Midlands Regional officer will give 14-day notice to the employer (BCC), our next step forward will be in line with the work to rule action Unite are carrying out at present. To make it clear we are still under a notice period, so we cannot be working to rule and UNISON member are still working as normal until the end of the notice period.
Working to rule is still considered Industrial Action under the legislation, so we must be clear UNISON members are not taking part until we can take part lawfully at the end of the notice.
Meanwhile Councillor Mahmood has felt un easy about the handling of this and the Home Care workers dispute and has resigned his post ( see Home Care Workers story).
The Council Chief Exec. , Dawn Baxendale has recently written of the need to engage with Unions , so it will be interesting to see if the Council's response will be positive. Unfortunately, so far it hasn't been.