GMB members at Norse back industrial action for fair pay and conditions

24 Sep 2021
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Members of GMB Union employed by Norse, providing refuse and household waste services in the Amber Valley area of Derbyshire, have overwhelmingly backed a ballot in favour of industrial action.

Multiple factors have lead to this result, which comes after weeks of attempts by employee representatives to find a resolution to issues raised by refuse workers.

Management’s failure to offer a fair pay deal, after a year of working above and beyond  on the part of these key workers, has been the final straw.

 Mick Coppin, GMB Regional Organiser, said;

“As we all know industrial action by refuse workers can have a huge impact on household waste collection and lead to rubbish collections delayed and waste piling up, that’s why this is always a last resort.

The result of this ballot goes some way to showing the depth of feeling by a large group on Derbyshire’s key workers; people who kept our communities safe and clean throughout the pandemic.

Refuse workers are key workers delivering vital services that we all rely on. The public knows this and the Norse workers know this; so why are company management refusing to listen?

Management at the company need to seriously consider what is at stake here and get around the table with an offer of fair pay for our members”.

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