Waste workers employed by Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in England, have won a new deal that will protect the pay of workers who were threatened with the loss of thousands of pounds in pay. The deal was negotiated by the Unite trade after a long-running dispute and industrial action. Meanwhile 3300 energy and ancillary workers organised by the GMB trade union at the Sellafield nuclear facility in North West England took a day's strike action on 29 November to secure better pay deals in two separate negotiations covering directly employed and outsourced workers. In another nuclear industry pay dispute, workers organised by the Prospect trade union at the Dounreay site in Northern Scotland will be balloted for possible action over pay.
Waste workers win pay dispute while energy workers take strike action
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