Recycling centres’ dispute off for new talks

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A STRIKE at Sheffield household waste recycling centres has been called off after fresh talks were agreed.

The long-running dispute over changes to pay and conditions - which was sparked by council cuts to opening days and hours at the five centres in the city - was suspended after talks last month.

But now it has been scrapped entirely with no walkout to take place this weekend as was planned.

Contractor Sova, the GMB union representing staff at the centres, Sheffield Council and arbitration service ACAS are to hold fresh talks next Tuesday, October 9.

Peter Davies, GMB organiser, said the talks were expected to lead to extra hours for staff.

He added: “The strike was suspended and it was due to start again on Saturday, now we have ended it.”

A spokesman for contractor Veolia, which contracts Sova to run the sites, said only: “There is no strike this weekend.”

Sova was not available for comment.

A spate of walkouts was held this summer at the centres in Deepcar, Gleadless Valley, High Green, Shirecliffe and Woodhouse.

The action was taken after Sheffield Council’s ruling Labour group cut the budget for the five centres, leading to the reduction in opening days and hours.

Workers were unhappy that they no longer had full-time hours.

The council did not comment.