GMB initiate eleventh-hour talks to avoid North Somerset bin strike 

06 Apr 2022
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An eleventh-hour attempt to avoid a North Somerset bin strike will take place today [7 April] as GMB union and the council meet for talks. 

More than 100 workers at recycling centres and refuse collection services run by North Somerset Environment Company are set to walk out for six days in April: 12 to 13, 16 to 17 and 21 to 22.  

Industrial action is expected to affect 88,000 homes.  

Currently the pay increase on offer from the council range from a 27 to 33 pence per hour. 

This offer is in place after last year the company closed pay talks and imposed a 1.75% pay rise. 

GMB union has called on the council to ‘be honest with themselves about how bad the pay is’ and make a real pay offer members can get behind to avert strike action next Tuesday. 

Tim Northover, GMB Regional Organiser, said:     

“It’s good news that these talks are taking place, but at the end of the day they will only mean anything if the council gets serious about an offer. 

“Right now, they’re taking the public for fools by putting out deceiving statements. Twenty-seven pence is twenty-seven pence, no matter how they try and dress it up. 

“It's time they were honest with themselves about how bad the pay is and put their hands in their pockets and do something about it.”  

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