12/08/2017 - Refuse workers vote to strike

garbageIt is likely that we will see more images of rubbish on our TV screens with uncollected bins piled high as strike action is planned at Suez in a dispute over pay and conditions at the private recycling contractor.

Residents in Doncaster face sustained periods without rubbish collections after workers yesterday voted 89 per cent in favour of strike action rejecting Suez’s, which run the council’s recycling and recovery contract, offer of a 2 per cent pay award conditional on scrapping guaranteed overtime.

Their union Unite said the deal would leave most workers without any real increase in pay.

Unite regional officer Shane Sweeting said: “Unite is bitterly disappointed that Suez’s management, has made no attempt to seek to resolve the dispute.

“Unite recognises that if the strikes go ahead it will have a major effect on local residents but this action is being taken as a last resort.”

The union has announced strikes later this month and in early September.

The Suez dispute deepened after the company announced plans to axe half of its 250-strong workforce by October and will make over 100 workers redundant.

Unite is planning a separate industrial action ballot over the job losses which would see refuse collections drop from a five to a four-day a week service.

Suez also plans to cut the medical waste service, downgrade green waste collections and stop its licensed removal of asbestos.

A dispute over in Birmingham continues to escalate after a “scab army” of volunteers has been clearing pile-ups of rubbish.

The group, known as Bearded Broz, are encouraging people to join their operation which undermines the strike by Birmingham City Council refuse workers over job losses.