The City Council meets today amidst mounting piles of rubbish. And there will be more strikes by refuse workers later this week. Unfortunately I won’t be at the council meeting as I have to attend the funeral of a close family friend. But if I had been there, I would have pointed out that it is the responsibility of the Tories and Lib Dems who rule this city to solve this dispute. Instead they seem to be doing everything possible to make the situation worse.
The people who collect our refuse face a £4,000 a year pay cut. Like everyone else they have mortgages to pay, and families to feed. It is hardly surprising that they are angry.
This is just the thin end of the wedge. If this pay cut is imposed on the refuse workers, then the Tories and Lib Dems will push ahead with even worse attacks on everyone who works for the City Council. Many thousands of people face severe pay cuts, if they are lucky enough to stay in a job at all. This policy of destroying public services and attacking the people who work in them is going to do great damage to our communities. The rubbish on our streets is just the beginning.