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Isle of Wight bin strike called off in time for festival

09 Jun 2022
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GMB union have today (9 June) notified the Isle of Wight waste contractor Amey that the two-week strike planned from 13 June has been suspended.

The company have made an improved offer to their refuse drivers and loaders, which has been accepted by the majority of union members.

The strike will no longer go ahead as planned, which leaves the refuse collections to go ahead as scheduled ahead of the Isle of Wight festival next weekend.

Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser said:

“Despite Amey refusing to talk to GMB directly, the collective voice of our members and the threat of strike action was enough to secure an improved offer from the 4.21% pay rise originally offered by the company.

“Of course, our members didn’t get everything they wanted, but they chose to bank this improved offer and will continue to provide the excellent service that their hard work delivers for residents.

“This strike would have delivered severe disruption to the island’s kerbside service, especially at the time of the festival, and Amey would do well to remember that when they offer our members their pay deal next year.

“GMB would like to thank the residents of the Isle of Wight for the fantastic support, comments, and offers of solidarity ahead of this strike, even though any action may well have caused a major headache for everyone on the island.”

 
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