Recycling staff defend second strike

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WORKERS have hit back at criticism of plans to hold a two-day strike at Sheffield’s five dump-it sites this weekend in a row over pay.

The Star reported yesterday that the decision to hold the walkout at the recycling centres, run by contractor Sova, had been made against advice from the workers’ union, the GMB.

But one employee, who did not want to be named, said: “We are striking because the cut in opening hours and change of contractor will see people receiving £6,000 to £7,000 less a year in wages.

“Even on average pay for 29 hours a week all year, we are receiving only a basic wage of £6.08 per hour and the bonus I am aware of is £22 per week - not £2 an hour which Sova has said.

“These sites should be making money so there should be no need to make these cuts.”

Peter Davies, regional organiser for the GMB union, said: “The GMB will do all that it can to seek a resolution to this dispute but we are here first and foremost to defend our members and support their campaign and fight for fairness and justice.”

He added that reduced opening hours ‘are not going to deliver a service that is fit and safe for the purpose and the people of Sheffield’.