Bins piling high in Birmingham – but where does blame lie?
At the weekend, the SKWAWKBOX broke the news that Birmingham City Council had agreed a deal with union Unite to retain the pay-grade and salary of ‘leading hand’ refuse collectors, who had faced a pay cut of £3,500-5,000 to their existing salaries of only £19-21,000 and have since been issued with summary redundancy notices as the council went back on its agreement.
The ‘smoking gun’ was an email from council leader John Clancy to depot managers that confirmed the agreement and began its implementation. Up to that point, the council had been denying that a firm deal had been made.
When the Birmingham Mail ran with the story, the council’s response was to try to scapegoat Clancy, claiming he had exceeded his authority in making and communicating the deal. A motion of no confidence in his leadership has been…
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