Last minute breakthrough saves Northampton from a stinky Christmas, says GMB.
GMB Union has today announced that planned strike action by refuse workers in Northampton has been suspended.
Around 80 refuse and street cleaning workers were expected to down tools between Christmas and new year, with an over time ban throughout the Christmas period.
The news comes after a refuse workers voted to accept an offer to re-start stalled pay talks with refuse provider Veolia along with a Christmas bonus scheme for workers.
Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Organiser, said:
“These workers deliver an essential service for the families, businesses, and communities of Northampton.
“I’m delighted that bin bosses have made concrete commitments to re-enter pay talks in January after weeks of refusing to budge. I would like to thank all those GMB members and company representatives who made this possible.
“Going into those talks we are as determined as ever that these workers are given the pay and recognition they deserve”.