GMB accept 24 per cent pay rise offer as Wealden bin strike ends

GMB union members have accepted an improved pay offer, with the Wealden District Council refuse strike coming to an end after almost seven weeks.

waste worker strikeA pay rise of ‘more than 27 per cent for some workers’ has been offered by employer Biffa. The total value of the settlement is worth between 24 and 27 per cent, depending on which job the workers do.

On 2 May, the organised bin strike began, intending to continue for two weeks whilst Biffa waste workers in the Wealden district took action over low pay and poor terms and conditions.

After six weeks and two days of action, the strike has ended, with kerbside collections within Wealden recommencing yesterday, 15 June. 

Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser, said:  “Our members have successfully earned themselves a massive pay rise, but this is simply just [a] reward for the demanding and very important job that they do every day.

“Refuse collection is one of the most visible services that a council provides, but it’s also one of the most unappreciated until it stops.

“We would like to thank the residents of Wealden for their messages of solidarity and support throughout this lengthy dispute.

“This is a massive pay deal and it is testament to their determination and drive of the members, but this journey can be started in any workplace and by any resolute workforce, with the help of the GMB union.”