17th Jan, 2019

Coventry bin men return to work after strike action

Coventry Editorial 10th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BIN men in Coventry have returned to work after yesterday’s (Tuesday) unofficial strike action.

After meeting with Council bosses at the Whitley Depot this morning, the workforce decided to resume collections but have warned more strikes could take place at the end of the month.

Refuse workers took to the steps of the Council House yesterday to protest against the suspension of their colleague, Hayden Jones.

Mr Jones had put up posters last week in support of ‘Mark and Charlie’ – two fellow refuse collectors who had appealed to the Council that they were being bullied at work after their grievance hearing had been dismissed.

The posters read: “Mark and Charlie need to be supported to help stop the continued cover-up by senior employees at Coventry City Council. And I believe these are supported in this cover-up by elected members.”

Mr Jones went on to urge fellow employees to take part in strike action on Monday (February 8) against what he saw as a ‘suppression of truth’ by Councillors .

But, as a result of his actions, he was suspended on Friday – accused of ‘gross misconduct’ and inciting unlawful industrial action.

It is understood that union bosses will now hold a vote to decide if they will take official vote later this month.

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