Waste sector hit by spate of disputes and action


 The GMB and Unite trade unions have been mobilising their members in the waste sector in a series of disputes over pay that have led to strike action or the threat of strike action. The longest-running dispute, which began in January, is in Coventry in the West Midlands where the union is currently pursuing a tribunal case against the local authority over victimisation of a trade union activist. Workers in Northampton in the East Midlands employed by Veolia have voted for strike action on 27 April while a vote for action was backed by a 90% majority in Manchester, in a dispute with the Biffa waste company. In South East England a two-week strike, again involving Biffa, is set to go ahead in Wealden on 25 April while a strike at Adur and Worthing is on hold as negotiations resume. Strike action in North Somerset in the South West is also waiting the outcome of further talks while in Solihull in the West Midlands the threat of action secured new deal with a 5.26% pay increase and a minimum rate of £10 (€12) an hour. Finally, industrial action could follow in Cardiff in South Wales of a serious and persistent climate of bullying.

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