Huge support for Sheffield strikers at recycling site

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STRIKING dump-it site workers have collected more than 4,000 signatures on a petition from city residents backing their campaign of industrial action.

The tip workers walked out on Saturday on indefinite strike over plans to cut opening hours at the city’s five waste recycling centres - putting seven jobs at risk.

Peter Davies, from the GMB union, whose members are on strike, told The Star: “The mood on the picket lines is good. They are getting fantastic public support and we have collected around 4,000 signatures on a petition.

“Another 900 people have written letters to their local MPs and councillors about the issue.”

The strikers are employees of Sova Recycling, which is subcontracted by Veolia to run waste recycling centres at Beighton, Deepcar, High Green, Gleadless and Shiregreen.

Currently only the sites at Shiregreen and Gleadless are operating, which means customers facing lengthy queues to dump their rubbish.

The plan to close some of the sites on weekdays will cut about £500,000 from the council’s budget and mean seven job losses.

Mr Davies said the workers were willing to hold talks with their bosses to resolve the dispute.

But a spokeswoman for Sova Recycling said: “We are happy to speak to the union but our understanding is that they want to speak to the council.

“We are keen to see an end to this dispute so we can get things back on track and see our staff back at work.

“We have made every effort to avoid job losses and over the last few months Sova Recycling continues to work hard, together with the council, Veolia and the GMB to reach a solution.”