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Refuse workers to march on Sheffield Town Hall

05 Nov 2021
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GMB Union say the strike action by refuse workers at Veolia in Sheffield was suspended last week to allow GMB members to vote on a new pay offer put forward by the company.   

But that offer has been overwhelmingly rejected by GMB members and the strike will go ahead.  

The refuse workers voted for industrial action in anger at a below inflation pay offer from Veolia, amounting to a real-terms pay cut, and other attacks to terms and conditions.  

The action, which could affect more than 200,000 homes, will now take place on Monday 8 November from 6:30am and striking workers will march from the Lumley Street depot to Sheffield Town Hall to hold a rally at 9am. 

Lee Parkinson, GMB Organiser, said:   

“GMB members have gone above and beyond over the last 18 months to serve the people of Sheffield, whilst putting their own health and safety at risk.   

“All they are asking for is some acknowledgement of the effort they have put in, by way of a decent pay rise that at least keeps pace with the cost of living, and not to the detriment of other terms and conditions. 

“They have been left with no choice but to take this action.” 

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