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Manchester bin strike over – workers win up to 22% payrise

29 Apr 2022
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A bin strike that would have affected up to 220,000 households has been called off after refuse workers accepted a revised pay offer from Biffa.  

Despite rampant inflation Biffa - the outsourced waste company which has a contract with Manchester council for bin collections and street scene services - offered most of its staff a 1.75 per cent pay rise at first. 

This would have been a real terms pay cut. 

The two year pay deal will mean:  

  • 22 per cent increase for HGV drivers 

  • 11 per cent increase for loaders 

  • 8-11 per cent increases for street scene workers 

Michael Clark, GMB Organiser, said: 

“Our members voices have been heard – because they stood together.  

“We would like to thank Manchester City Council and their leader Bev Craig for their assistance in the dispute. 

“To other unscrupulous employers take note – the GMB will stand firm against any attempts to enforce pay cuts.”  

 
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