Bin strike cancelled as staff accept improved pay offer

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BINMEN in Sheffield have voted officially to call off their planned strike action, accepting a new pay offer.

Staff at environmental services firm Veolia had threatened three days of strike action on consecutive Fridays throughout April, but have now voted to accept an improved package.

Pete Davies, of the GMB union, said: “We’ve had a long history of pay anomalies in Sheffield. Those on the lowest rate have been brought up to the highest rate.

“For others we managed to negotiate a lump sum settlement, so there’s something in it for everyone.”

Staff voted to strike after they did not get a pay rise for two years, despite their employer receiving increased payments from Sheffield Council.

Veolia put forward an improved pay offer a fortnight ago. That offer was put to members in a postal ballot and staff have now voted to officially abandon their strike plans.

A Veolia spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce an agreement has been reached and services will continue to operate as normal.”