Unions take action in waste sector for higher pay


Unions organising in the waste sector are taking on both local councils and private contractors in campaigns to secure better pay offers from employers. Action by Unite members at Welwyn and Hatfield delivered a 13.5% pay increase when the employer, private contractor Urbaser, agreed to increase its original offer of 8%. Meanwhile, several other disputes continue with one of the longest running in the North West where Unite members have been taking action since May in their dispute with Cumberland Council. In Selby in North Yorkshire Unite members are also taking on Urbaser and have voted for several days of strike action beginning at the end of June and running into August in a determined effort to get an improved pay offer from the company. Members of the GMB union are also involved in action with members at Blaby District Council in Leicestershire voting for strike action which is also set to start at the end of June and continue in the beginning of July. Meanwhile, the union’s members employed by the private contractor Serco working for Sandwell council in the Midlands are into their third week of action.

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