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Strike Ballot at East Sussex Waste

Thursday, February 5, 2015

GMB Members To Be Balloted For Industrial Action In East Sussex Waste Partnership Over In Action On Hazards And Bullying

GMB members are rightly angry at the lack of response and the seeming disregard that Kier management have for the concerns and well-being of their staff says GMB.

GMB, the trade union for refuse and recycling workers, is holding a industrial action ballot of 154 GMB members, employed over three contracts in the partnership, by Kier Environmental Services on the East Sussex Waste Partnership contract.

The ballot will close on Tuesday 24th February 2015.

Kier Environmental Services has refused to act on or take the concerns of GMB members over health and safety, and wide spread intimidation and bullying by local managers seriously.

Gary Cook, GMB Regional Organiser said, “GMB told Keir’s Regional Contracts Manager and the HR Business Manager some weeks ago of the concerns of GMB members, the company has not addressed any of the issues in a meaningful manner.

GMB members are rightly angry at the lack of response and the seeming disregard that Kier management have for the concerns and wellbeing of their staff. This has led them to an overwhelming mandate for GMB to ballot for industrial action.

As a result of bullying and intimidating attitudes of Kier management a number of GMB members have been signed off sick with stress. Some staff have turned up for work and then had to go home because of the way they get treated.

Despite agreeing with GMB that the bins used for glass recycling can present a danger from falling glass when lifted, Keir have taken no steps to address this issue which puts both GMB members and general public at risk.”

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Contact: Gary Cook, GMB Organiser on 07712 677594 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977 518042 or GMB press office: 07974 251823.

 

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