A union has warned it is ‘do or die time’ in a pay showdown with a Somerset waste company as a strike is threatened. GMB members demanded “immediate action” from the North Somerset Environment Company to tackle the rising cost of living and warned that more than 100 workers could walk away in future strikes.
The GMB union is asking the North Somerset Environmental Society (NSEC) to make a bid which ‘recognizes the unprecedented cost of living crisis currently affecting members’. The union says garbage workers have rejected a revised offer which they say does not give members a real pay rise this year despite inflation hitting 9%, as measured by the Bank’s CPI index. England.
GMB says bosses forced a 1.75% pay deal against union members’ wishes last year, ‘which has seen members struggle to make ends meet’. The union warned that “if talks fail on Monday, more than 100 workers will leave recycling centers and refuse collection services run by North Somerset Environment Company”.
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GMB Regional Organizer Tim Northover said: “So far all offers have amounted to a pay cut in real terms amid a cost of living crisis. Our members also need a pay raise that correctly reflects the hard work they put into everyday life.
“The board must come back with a plan to address this on Monday or we will be forced to issue new strike dates. It really is time for these talks now, it can’t go on forever.”
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This notice was published: 2022-04-21 17:14:55