Hastings and Rother bin strike called off after GMB members accept 'whopping' pay deal

23 Feb 2022
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A Hastings bin strike has been called off after members accepted a 'whopping' deal.

GMB members working for Biffa Municipal Ltd in East Sussex were due to walk out in a pay dispute.

Instead, they've signed a one year deal which will see them get a pay increase of between 11 and 19.5 per cent - as well as a guaranteed bonus payment of £500 to £600 before 1 April.

Frank Macklin, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“Well done to every GMB member for getting this whopping pay deal across the line.

"It was only through their solidarity and strength that we were able to properly make the case for a proper pay rise that truly reflects the hard work that they put in on a daily basis.

“To be clear, the union believed that these members warranted a larger pay deal, but our members voted to accept the improved tabled offer, thus calling off the strike and carrying on working hard to deliver a very successful service in the Hastings and Rother areas as they always do.

“Management can though expect the same again next year and the year after that, as this workforce will continue to demand respect and better pay for the difficult and dirty work they do.”

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