Waste sector disputes rumble on


Industrial action by waste workers is continuing in a number of local authorities. Drivers in Coventry have just voted unanimously to continue their strike to secure pay levels comparable to the private sector and in line with other local authorities in the region. The strike against the Labour Party-controlled authority began at the end of January. Meanwhile waste workers employed by the Veolia multinational that provides services to Croydon Council in South East London are set to strike for three weeks from 16 June. As with the Coventry dispute, their union, Unite, is calling for pay rates in line with other companies and councils. Meanwhile, successful industrial action by waste workers in Rugby means that pay rates will increase by up to 12%. Members of the GMB union employed by Cory Environmental have voted for strike action that could disrupt waste collections across South London. The union rejected the company’s pay offer that was well below inflation. Action by GMB members is also possible in Rhonda Cynon Taf in South Wales unless the local council comes up with an improved pay offer and in Chesterfield in the Midlands where the dispute is with Veolia. Action is continuing in Wealden in the South East

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