Second strike at Sheffield waste centre

Queues at Blackstock Road tip,Gleadless
Queues at Blackstock Road tip,Gleadless
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Two of Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres will be closed today as staff strike for the second time in a week.

The sites at Deepcar and High Green will be shut as workers employed by sub-contractor The Green Company will walk out again following their first day of industrial action last Wednesday.

Union GMB says the series of strikes, also expected to include a future weekend of disruption, is over ‘pay, conditions and bullying’.

Discussions have taken place between the union, company and Veolia, which sub-contracts the firm on behalf of Sheffield Council, to try and resolve the dispute but have so far been unsuccessful.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene at the council, said: “It’s regrettable that there is further potential strike action, but we are confident that we have been able to make sufficient recycling services available to enable our residents to continue recycling on that day with only some minor disruption.

“I hope that residents will still visit and recycle as normal.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.”

The remaining three sites at Woodhouse, Gleadless and Shirecliffe will be open but have now reverted to winter opening hours - between 10am and 4pm.

Last month Pete Davies from union GMB said the dispute centred around payments made by The Green Company.

Profit from the company goes to Salvaire, for use as grants to charities and bodies.

But he said workers were angry at payments made to Martine Laffan-Butler, trustee and chairman of Salvaire and executive chairman of The Green Company.

Accounts show she was remunerated £10,085 in expenses for her role as director of The Green Company.

Another company where she is a director, Roughly Translated Limited, was paid £45,146 by The Green Company and £3,997 for expenses.