All we want for Christmas is pay justice: Leicestershire refuse workers announce strike dates

17 Dec 2021
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GMB union has announced today that its members employed by Serco, delivering household waste refuse services in Charnwood Borough, have voted overwhelmingly to support strike action.

The result has been announced after the failure of company management to present a fair pay offer to workers, despite these key workers maintaining vital services for local people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

GMB refuse workers will take strike action against unfair pay practises on Wednesday 29th and Friday 31st December across Charnwood Borough.

This will mean significant disruption to the household waste collections in towns and villages in the area.

Local people and residents of Charnwood will no doubt be disappointed and shocked by the actions of Serco for once again failing to avoid disruption by supporting its own employees.

Jim Clarke, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“This disruption is completely avoidable if Serco top brass consider a fair pay deal for these key workers. Talks are ongoing and we remain hopeful Serco can avoid this disruption by coming to the table with a fair offer before it’s too late.

Strike action during the festive period would cause massive disruption and the risk of festive waste piling up in towns and communities across Charnwood.

Serco is a multi-billion pound company which has seen its profits sky rocket in recent years.

It’s a joke worthy of a Christmas cracker to say they can’t afford a reasonable pay offer for local Leicestershire refuse workers.


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