Last-minute talks to avert bin strike

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Update: See the latest article on the strike in Latest News.


The Trade Union GMB has said its members at waste depots in Wealden intend to take strike action over pay.

Crowborough Life reported last month that over 40 GMB members, that operate out of Uckfield and Hailsham, were voting to take industrial action over pay.

The strike is due to commence on 25th April and is scheduled for an initial two weeks.

Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser said:

GMB’s members employed by Biffa within Wealden District Council are unhappy with the pay deal they have been offered.

Based on the vital work they have been doing throughout the various lockdowns and on market rates, they believe that they deserve a more significant pay uplift.

Biffa and the Council have almost two weeks before the strike action commences.

They still have time to prevent the action and any knock-on effect this will have on residents and local businesses – they just need to get around the negotiating table with GMB and make our members an offer which better reflects the work they do every day, come rain or shine.”

Gary Palmer, GMB

Talks between the Union and Biffa management are scheduled to resume on Thursday 21st April.

The Union have said further action is possible if talks are not productive.

A statement on Wealden District Council’s website reads:

Biffa has informed Wealden District Council that it has received formal notification from the GMB union that its members intend to take strike action at the depots operating services in Wealden from Monday 25th April for at least two weeks.

Biffa is in discussion with the GMB union to try to resolve this dispute ahead of the intended strike action.

In the meantime all waste and street cleansing services continue to operate as normal so please continue to put your bins out on the scheduled collection day.

Wealden District Council

A spokesperson for Biffa said:

We are in active and ongoing negotiations with the unions and remain committed to reaching a solution as quickly as possible.

Biffa

The article was first published on 12th April and was updated to include statements from the GMB Union and Biffa.

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