Sheffield binmen set for 24-hour strike action over pay dispute

Sheffield binmen are set to go on strike for one day over a pay dispute with waste bosses.
Veolia workers with the GMB union will walk out for 24 hours tomorrowVeolia workers with the GMB union will walk out for 24 hours tomorrow
Veolia workers with the GMB union will walk out for 24 hours tomorrow

GMB Union members at Veolia Sheffield are set to walk out for 24-hours impacting on bin and box collections for residents with a Wednesday collection day.

Union representative and work convenor for Veolia Michael Hinchliffe said the dispute was over how much of a pay rise his colleagues should get.

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GMB representatives had initially pushed for five per cent, while Veolia had offered one per cent and had then gone up to one-and-a-half per cent per year for the next two years.

A Veolia spokesman said they are 'working hard' to minimise any disruption.

A spokesman said: "We will be working with a reduced number of collection crews, and may take more time than usual to collect resident’s containers. We ask residents to put their bins and boxes out before 7am, and if they are not emptied, to leave them out so we can make sure all waste and recycling is collected.

"Veolia will be making every attempt to empty all black bins as normal tomorrow, and will empty as many blue bins and boxes as possible. No green garden waste will be collected tomorrow. If any of your bins or boxes has not been emptied tomorrow, please leave them out for collection, as we will be deploying extra crews during Thursday, Friday and Saturday to empty your containers.

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Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at SCC, said: “Bin collection crews are due to take strike action on Wednesday due to a pay dispute with their employer Veolia.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we are working closely with Veolia so that this dispute can be brought to a satisfactory conclusion as quickly as possible.

“There will be disruption to the service tomorrow, but we ask residents to still place their bins and boxes out for collection as normal, as extra collection crews will be working to empty those missed due to the strike action.”

Collections from Thursday, October 6 will return as normal.