Solihull bin strike to go ahead

04 Mar 2022
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A Solihull bin strike affecting more than 86,000 homes will go ahead after GMB members voted for industrial action.  

In total 84 per cent of the refuse collectors who took part in the ballot voted for a walk out. 

Amey Services Limited who employ the workers, are refusing to negotiate collectively with GMB Union on workers’ pay.  

Refuse and recycling services for Solihull Metropolitan Council – including Bickenhill waste tip and recycling centre, local cemeteries, street cleansing, parks and more than 86,000 households will be affected.  

GMB will now meet with members to discuss strike dates. 

Dave Warwick, GMB Organiser, said:  

“The last thing refuse collectors in Solihull wanted was to go on strike. 

"But Amey has backed them into a corner by refusing to negotiate – and they are angry. 

“These refuse collectors know what they are worth; they’ve worked right through the pandemic and now they want to be paid at least the industry average.  

“But it's not too late for Amey to avoid dirty streets in Solihull – just make our members a proper pay offer.” 

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