Harlow MP Robert Halfon on bin strike: “It is astonishing that they were not awarded a pay rise last year”

News / Fri 24th Jun 2022 am30 09:51am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has responded to news that Harlow bin men are set to go on strike.

Rt Hon Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and Chair of the Education Select Committee said: “I think the refuse workers of Harlow deserve a huge amount of respect. Throughout the entirety of the Covid pandemic, they collected our rubbish every week, putting themselves and their families at risk, week after week.

“It is astonishing that they were not awarded a pay rise last year. I have met with UNISON representative Caroline Hennessy, and with Veolia, and made the point that this was absolutely wrong.

“It is clear that the refuse workers deserve a much fairer deal than is currently on the table, and that Veolia must make amends for the way these workers have been treated historically.

“I understand that further negotiations will be taking place next week, but Veolia must ensure they improve their pay offer and also work to provide improved working conditions across the board.”

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11 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon on bin strike: “It is astonishing that they were not awarded a pay rise last year”:

2022-06-24 10:14:03

Credit where credit due Robert. I know some of the bin crew personally. 1 in particular desperately tried to avoid furlough despite having life limiting illness and only 1 kidney. The guy doesn't claim any disability benefits as he has a strong work effort. More than anything.. these people are the front line in making Harlow great again.

2022-06-24 12:48:56

I fully support our guys getting decent pay but I am puzzled. Here we have our MP, quite rightly, talking to the parties involved yet the Minister for Transport, Grant Shapps, seemed be saying on Sunday Morning that he couldn't get involved over the rail strike. I wonder if a pay rise for the refuse workers was included in the 2022/23 council budget

2022-06-24 13:03:53

They certainly do deserve a pay-rise and I wholeheartedly support them. But I think it’s a bit rich that Robert Halfon has said this, considering it’s his party that has reduced funding to councils which has led to the squeeze on all council workers pay.

2022-06-24 15:03:45

While it is great that our MP is getting involved in this, should not the council be involved? After all it is the councils responsibility to collect the refuse. Just because they have farmed out the contract to a private company, this does not absolve them of the responsibility to the taxpayer, or the workers who are probably local taxpayers also. I suspect all we will hear from the council on this is the usual party political mud slinging instead of anything meaningful.

2022-06-24 17:49:48

Our service has definitely improved, they seem a nice bunch of lads. Horrible job really, they deserve a few bob extra. They aren't exactly asking for the moon.

2022-06-24 19:03:50

“It is astonishing that they were not awarded a pay rise last year" Perhaps RH should have raised that point last year. Only a year late. Other RH news: https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/senior-cabinet-ministers-fail-offer-boris-johnson-public-support-by-election-defeats-1706776 "Senior backbenchers were speculating last night that the respected blue-collar Tory Robert Halfon was being lined up as a replacement for Mr Dowden after he left the MPs’ main Whatsapp group late last night. " RH - blue collar? Really? Going to a private school and being a Tory MP is "blue collar" now? Good grief.

2022-06-24 23:04:32

Hmmmmm, no pay rise … from a conservative council that has cut council tax? I wonder why? perhaps Halfon could have a word with his mini me Perrin .. wannabe future Harlow Conservative MP to sort this mess out? Or is that just too obvious????

2022-06-25 00:42:17

It’s interesting how a Tory MP is intervening when some can’t be bothered on a national front. Pensioners are going to get inflationary rates when local government has had nothing for years until 3 years ago, a decade with nothing. Their pay increase, regardless of the past is more than most have had in this sector in 12 years. Don’t fool yourselves, go to other areas and our bin men are paid far more than they are. I’m not suggesting they shouldn’t be paid fairly, but shouldn't every sector get paid the same as our old and past it?

2022-06-25 06:08:44

FRESH FROM VEOLIA NOTICE BOARD FROM THE MEETING THE UNION HAD WITH THEM HERE IS THE OFICIAL MINUTES - - - - - I KNEW SOMEONE HAD A PICTURE............ Veolia had informed Unison that there was no collective bargaining on 3 separate occasions, (once in 2020 and twice in 2022), but was unaware if this had been acted upon by the Union. ● Veolia confirmed that a 7% pay rise will be paid to the workforce, backdated. The increase will be paid in June’s pay. ● Veolia confirmed that if requested by Unison to be able to enter into a collective agreement, Veolia would be happy to engage in discussions. CAN THE UNION ANSWER WHY THEY DID NOTHING FOR 2 YEARS AND WHY THEY SAID VEOLIA ARE NOT WILLING TO TALK WHEN THEY CLEARLY ARE...... THIS SHOULD BE REVIEWED????

2022-06-25 10:03:36

Whoever keeps adding the same cut and paste message to all these threads related to the dispute is an absolute idiot who doesn’t understand how industrial relations works. Maybe those not in the room negotiating improvements should keep their beaks out of it. The irony is if I this person is who I think they are they will benefit financially from a cost of living increase as their household income will go up. Added to the £10,000 you get from being a really bad councillor at least your be able to pay your fuel bill in October unlike most people in Harlow.

David Forman
2022-06-25 15:15:22

Lovely to see Robert Halfon supporting public sector workers. If only Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer would act accordingly!

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