The bin strike in Wealden has been paused after waste contractor Biffa made an eleventh hour pay offer to GMB members.
Refuse collectors based at Uckfield and Hailsham were due to walk out for 2-weeks of industrial action from today (Monday 25th April) – but GMB members paused the strike to consider the pay offer.
Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser, said:
Biffa’s offer is well short of our members expectations for sure, but we still felt it right to pause strike action whilst our members consider it.
However, we will also issue a further week of strike dates to follow on from the still planned walk out on 2nd May, in case Biffa continue to insist this is their final offer.
Coming off the back of the long running Adur & Worthing dispute, it should be clear GMB will back our members all the way if they need to undertake a strike of attrition to get what they deserve.
Despite Biffa closing down negotiation, GMB remains available should they wish to come back to the table if their opening and closing offer is rejected.Gary Palmer, GMB union
See previous articles: Bin strike postponed, last-minute talks and threat of bin strike over pay. Most of the refuge staff in the Wealden branch are thought to be members of a different trade union Unison.