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Liverpool Dispute Settled

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dispute In Liverpool Called Off After GMB Members Employed By Contractor Amey Vote To Accept Improved Offer

There are reservations on how the company intends to restructure the business and this will obviously be done after full consultation with the trade unions says GMB

Over 400 workers employed by Amey on the refuse and street cleaning contracts in Liverpool have voted to accept an improved offer end the dispute.

A work to rule has been under way since 26th July and on the 9th August there was a one day strike. This was due to be followed by strike action every Friday until October unless the dispute is settled.

On the refuse service Amey want to move to fortnightly collections and before the dispute were not able to specify how this will impact on the 250 workers on the contract.  On street cleaning Amey wanted to reduce the numbers employed by 60 from 270 but before the dispute were not been able to specify how the reduced numbers can cope with the work or what will happen to the 60 staff no longer needed.

GMB sought a job security agreement to deal with all these issues as well as an agreement on the 2013 pay round.

George Patterson, GMB Regional officer,  said “After two meetings with the members in refuse service and in the street cleansing, highways and street lighting contract, the members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the offer and end the dispute.

However there are reservations on how the company intends to restructure the business. This will obviously be done after full consultation with the trade unions when the time comes.”

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Contact George Patterson 07974 018 405 or 0151 727 0077

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