Wealden bin strike ends in seventh week with massive pay deal for workers

14 Jun 2022
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GMB union members have today accepted an improved pay offer to end the refuse strike within Wealden District Council. 

Their employer Biffa’s latest pay offer will constitute a pay rise of more than 27 per cent for some workers. 

The total value of the settlement is worth between 24 and 27 per cent, depending on which job they do. 

Kerbside collections within Wealden will recommence from tomorrow [Wednesday 15 June]. 

The strike ends after 6 weeks and 2 days of action which garnered many messages of support and solidarity from local residents. 

Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser said: 

“Our members have successfully earned themselves a massive pay rise, but this is simply just reward for the demanding and very important job that they do every day. 

“Refuse collection is one of the most visible services that a council provides, but it’s also one of the most unappreciated until it stops. 

“We would like to thank the residents of Wealden for their messages of solidarity and support throughout this lengthy dispute. 

“This is a massive pay deal and it is testament to their determination and drive of the members, but this journey can be started in any workplace and by any resolute workforce, with the help of the GMB union.”

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