Council Workers In Strike Vote Over Cuts

Refuse collection workers at Birmingham city council have started voting in an industrial action ballot today, 31 May, amid accusations of financial mismanagement and an overspend by council bosses of £9.7 million.

The members of Unite the union are angry over proposed job cuts to the city's waste and refuse service and attempts by council bosses to tear up long standing agreements with Unite covering staffing levels and working patterns.

Unite has been involved in a consultation with managers of Birmingham city council's waste management and refuse service over the cuts, which bosses blamed on budget cuts and austerity measures. Unite has subsequently learned that the service overspent its budget by £9.7 million in the financial year for 2016.

The ballot closes on Wednesday 14 June and raises the possibility of strike action and disruption to refuse collections in the summer months.

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