Four day strike looms at Sheffield waste centres

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Staff at household waste recycling centres in Sheffield are to stage a four day strike from this Friday.

It is the third walkout by employees of The Green Company, which is sub-contracted by Veolia to run the five centres on behalf of Sheffield Council, this month.

Two of the centres were closed during the last strike on Monday.

Union GMB says they voted to take industrial action over the way the contract is managed and as members want ‘a fair share of the money allocated for this vital service’ as well as a ‘decent toilet in winter’.

They are calling for premiun pay for weekend and overtime working.

Peter Davies, GMB regional officer, said: “GMB members are taking action over premium rates, welfare facilities and bullying. We know the company can afford to provide them but the company will not budge.”

The union has recently raised questions over money paid by The Green Company, owned by charity Salvaire, to the chairman of both organisations, Martine Laffan-Butler.

The five recycling centres are located at Beighton Road, Woodhouse, Blackstock Road, Gleadless, Manchester Road, Deepcar, Greaves Lane, High Green, and Longley Avenue West, Shirecliffe.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.