Veolia makes offer to binmen in pay dispute

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AN OFFER has been made by Sheffield Council’s waste contractor Veolia to solve a dispute with staff over pay and conditions.

Binmen are threatening to strike after not receiving a pay rise for the last two years - despite Veolia having received an inflationary increase in their fee from Sheffield Council for running the service.

Discussions have been carried out this week between Veolia and the binmen’s trade union, the GMB.

Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council’s deputy leader, said: “Negotiations are continuing between GMB representatives and Veolia.

“An offer has been made by Veolia, which is now back with the workforce to decide whether to accept.”

Coun Lodge added: “This is an issue between Veolia and the workforce and we are unable to intervene.”

Details of the offer have not yet been revealed.

A ballot by the GMB indicated 75 per cent support a strike, and 86 per cent are in favour of industrial action short of a strike.

Binmen are facing up to 40 job losses due to black bin collections being cut from weekly to fortnightly.