Refuse collectors have worked right through the pandemic – all they want is pay in line with the industry average
A bin strike in Solihull could affect more than 86,000 homes as GMB began balloting members today over a pay dispute.
More than 100 refuse collectors working for Amey Services Limited will take part in the ballot, which begins today [7 February 2022] and ends on March 4.
Amey are refusing to negotiate collectively with GMB Union on workers’ pay.
If the strike goes ahead, 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.
Dave warwick, GMB Organiser, said:
“Refuse collectors in Solihull do not want to go on strike, but Amey has backed them into a corner by refusing to negotiate.
“Inflation is rampant, we’re in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis and these workers are massively in demand.
“These refuse collectors have worked right through the pandemic – all they want is pay rise to keep them in line with the industry average.
“It’s up the Amey – they can stop industrial action in its tracks by getting round the table and avoiding disruption for the people of Solihull.”