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Bin workers in Sheffield vote to strike permanently

09 Nov 2021
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Bin workers in Sheffield have voted to strike permanently after Veolia management broke the bank to bring in agency staff to undermine industrial action. 

Refuse collectors across the Steel City downed tools yesterday [Monday 8 November 2021] in anger at a below inflation pay offer from Veolia – amounting to real terms pay cut. [See picture attached] 

Prior to the industrial action yesterday, Veolia forked out vast sums for agency staff to try and break the strike. 

Notice has been served on the employer that from November 22 workers will strike all day very day until the dispute is resolved. 

More than 200,000 homes could be affected by the industrial action. 

Lee Parkinson, GMB Organiser, said:   

“Veolia needs to stop opening the cheque book trying to break this strike using out of town labour and get back to the table to negotiate an end to this dispute.   

“The council can order that now and need to if they want to avoid this battle turning into a war.”  

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