Harlow refuse workers win 10% pay deal after strike threat

News / Tue 25th Jul 2023 at 12:15pm

REFUSE workers in Harlow have called off the threat of strike action after voting today (Tuesday) to accept a 10.1% pay rise, said UNISON.

The deal means that staff employed by contactor Velolia will also enjoy improved sick pay. It takes drivers’ pay over £15 an hour and loaders up to nearly £13.

Veolia had originally offered staff a rise of just 4.5% but months of negotiations and an overwhelming vote for walkouts forced the firm to make the double-digit offer, which workers accepted at a depot meeting this (Tuesday) morning.

UNISON Eastern regional organiser Sam Older said: “This is a massive victory for Harlow Veolia staff that thankfully means workers will not be forced to take strike action.

“Refuse workers didn’t want to cause disruption to their neighbours and fellow Harlow residents by walking out so we’re glad Veolia finally came up with an acceptable offer.

“But these workers couldn’t have done this without standing together in UNISON to demand fair pay.”

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10 Comments for Harlow refuse workers win 10% pay deal after strike threat:

2023-07-25 12:47:26

Big pay rise for staff that consistently miss bin collections around my area. Food waste not picked up in my whole area and when bin missed forms filled in. Bins sat outside house's until the following week's collection day.

2023-07-25 13:17:40

Well done, you work hard and deserve the pay rise. Unions can be amazing when the staff stick together.

David Forman
2023-07-25 17:14:06

This example shows working people they don't have to accept poor pay from employers. The lesson is join a trade union and fight for a share of the profits you create.

Luke Burton
2023-07-25 18:34:15

Well done.

2023-07-25 23:15:36

If they want more money they want to do a better job, they leave more on the floor than in the truck, useless idiots, that's how the saying goes about peanuts and monkeys.

2023-07-26 06:28:39

Goodness me Andrew/Andy useless idiots, peanuts and monkeys they have vacancies at the moment go and show them how to do the job properly I’m sure they’ll be most grateful for your help/advice 😊

Andy kewin
2023-07-26 07:09:19

Dek han, they shouldn't need to be shown how to do the job properly, common sense would suggest if a bins not loaded properly and if falls off the runner and rubbish falls out it should be picked up, should be as easy as your abc's, think about it.

2023-07-26 16:48:28

Nice one Andy you silly person. Well done to the Unions. Fully deserved pay rise for some of our most essential key workers.

Good Morning my Neighbours
2023-07-27 08:36:38

Shame it took them six months to remove a tipped over bin at the side of the road. The tipped out items remain in the street and our Clowncil were informed as well also. #SlumTown. Plenty more other reported flytipped sites remain ignored by Clowncil.

Big boy
2023-08-07 16:23:03

Well done lads you deserve it , now start negotiating for next year ,I’ll be back soon

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