Sheffield bin collectors vote to strike over pay and conditions

Refuse collectors
Refuse collectors

Workers will walk out for four hours on November 1, with further days of action planned for the rest of the year.

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A fresh dispute involving refuse collection workers has flared just hours after a similar row was resolved following strike action.

The GMB union said its members in Sheffield had voted to strike over pay and conditions.

Workers will walk out for four hours on November 1, with further days of action planned for the rest of the year.

The announcement was made hours after a bitter dispute involving refuse collection drivers in Brighton and Hove was resolved.

GMB official Lee Parkinson said: “GMB members working at Veolia have taken huge risks working all throughout the pandemic to help keep Sheffield moving, dealing with record amounts of waste as people work from home.

“It’s time to value them properly for the work they do.

“Politicians lining up to thank them won’t cut it, nor will a pay offer that amounts to a real-terms pay cut.

“All they want is a fair offer that at least keeps pace with their increasing cost of living and is not paid for with cuts to other terms and conditions.”