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Solihull bin strike looms as ballot begins today

07 Feb 2022
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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.” 

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