Councillor Majid Mahmood has resigned as Birmingham City Council (BCC) head of waste management in a move that will pile pressure on BCC over the long-running bins dispute.
Unison and Unite members among the city’s refuse collectors have been engaged in industrial action over a ‘secret’ payment to GMB members who did not participate in the successful 2017 strike over redundancies threatened by BCC after the council had already agreed a deal with unions.
Earlier today, unions said they would move to full strike action after the ‘declaration of war’ by the council on its own workforce. Unite deputy general secretary Howard Beckett said:
They have made a declaration of war against their own workforce and the people of Birmingham will be affected by the decision they made today. The dispute will be escalating to a full strike.Howard Beckett
Mahmood’s shock resignation came soon after, with the councillor stating:
I am not going to be party to a Labour council using Tory legislation to attack bin workers, our brothers and sisters in the union movement.
The SKWAWKBOX congratulates Cllr Mahmood on his principled action and offers its full support to Unite and Unison members in their resistance to the unjustifiable actions of BCC.
BCC had an opportunity to avert or at least postpone the industrial action by answering a letter from Unite’s lawyers well over a month ago, but opted instead to ignore it. The people of Birmingham need to know that a right-dominated council bears responsibility for the unpleasant impact this situation will inevitably have on their city.
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