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No bin strike as unions agreed West Berkshire pay offer

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A bin strike in West Berkshire has been averted.

Refuse workers with Veolia have agreed to accept a 9.2 per cent increase in pay having turned down two previous offers.

GMB Union members had informed the company that they intended to move to an industrial action ballot unless an improvement was forthcoming.

West Berkshire Council (53762812)
West Berkshire Council (53762812)

Following a ballot of a third offer where most of the workers have been offered a 9.2 per cent pay increase, GMB members have decided to accept the deal which means no employee is paid less than £10 per hour.

“The collective strength and resolve of refuse workers at Veolia, West Berkshire, shows how by sticking together they were able to secure a pay settlement that better met their expectations,” said GMB organising assistant David McMullen.

“We were clear to Veolia from the off that we couldn’t continue with pay offers that would not allow our members to pay their soaring energy bills and other costs that was making it hard to live.

“Our members twice turned down the two previous offers and therefore by sticking together they were able to secure a rise that rewards them for working through the pandemic where they kept the refuse of West Berkshire collected.

“GMB members working in refuse across the country, are now finally seeing better pay settlements because of their unity and for being a union member.”

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