The bin strike in Wealden will continue after a public holiday on Monday Brighton News

BIN workers are set to strike from holiday Monday.

The GMB union announced that a second wage offer had been rejected by members.

As a result, a refuse and recycling strike in the Wealden District Council area will begin on Monday.

The walkout is expected to last at least two weeks.

The industrial action, which affects workers employed by Biffa, was originally due to begin on Monday April 25, but was suspended while the union consulted its members on an improved offer from the company.

The union confirmed the bid was rejected by a margin of 93.1 percent to 6.9 percent, with a turnout of 96.6 percent.

Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organizer, said: “It is clear that Biffa and our members value their contribution to the waste disposal and cleaning contract very differently in the Wealden District area.

“The letter sent by the employer to the staff really sealed the decision to go on strike, as the members were irritated not only by what they consider to be a bad offer, but by the lack of commitment and negotiation with their chosen representatives from the GMB union.

“It was nothing more than a done deal. The walkout begins on a bank holiday Monday for two weeks – but could be subject to further strike notice if the standoff continues.

“We will of course meet with the management to talk at any time, but hopefully if we do it will make sense this time around.”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-25 15:31:06

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