Barrow bin strike: FCC Environment hits out at GMB union

A COMPANY which collects rubbish in Barrow has criticized what it calls the ‘appalling’ behavior of GMB Union representatives.

And he accused the union of ‘law-breaking’ behavior – saying he will refer the incidents to the police.

The wage increase offered to workers would amount to a pay cut in real terms after taking into account the rising cost of living, according to GMB.

FCC Environment, which runs the refuse collection service on behalf of Barrow Borough Council, says it has offered a ‘fair’ deal to end the strike.

And he hit out at Union, saying the disruptive behavior went too far on Friday.

Claims made by the contractor include that striking workers padlocked the depot on more than one occasion; tracked vehicles; yelled at crew and blocked highways and prevented vehicles from entering and exiting depots.

They also allege that the union’s activities prevented crews from accessing a single street and that garbage cans were moved to block a truck trying to access a narrow road.

However, GMB regional organizer Michael Hall claimed bin bosses were intentionally sending lorries to the same locations as the strikers – knowing this would hamper progress and shift blame for the failed bin emptying from the company to the union.

He stressed that the workers had the right to demonstrate peacefully on public roads and said they had not upset the situation.

Read more: ‘End of tether’ – Disruption of trash cans could end ‘with the stroke of a pen’, union says

A spokeswoman for the contractor said: “FCC Environment wishes to state publicly that it is appalled by the behavior of the union this week.

“Union behavior amounts to bullying and has made our crews feel unsafe. To that end, we have written to the GMB today asking them to obey the law.

“FCC Environnement is compiling a video for submission to police in the coming days capturing unacceptable behavior exhibited by the union, some of which we believe to be against the law.

“FCC Environment has confirmed once again that its teams are making every effort to collect waste and recycling from residents. We are proud of our team which continues despite the tactics employed by local union representatives.

“And we urge them to reconsider our final and fair offer which still stands.”

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