Waste sites’ all-out strikes

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Staff at Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres are to go on all-out strike – after taking several nine days of industrial action this month.

Employees of The Green Company, a sub-contractor employed to run the five centres on behalf of Sheffield Council, will walk out from next Wednesday, October 29, on a continuous basis.

They will also be on strike this Saturday and Sunday in the latest of their individual actions.

The dispute, which has resulted in some closures at some centres this month, is over pay, conditions and – according to the union GMB – ‘bullying’ of their members. Staff left their posts last week without warning, and have since been issued with disciplinary letters.

GMB said the walkout was over ‘bullying of a disabled worker’.

The union is calling for staff to be paid premium rates for weekend and overtime working, as well as being given new toilet and shower facilities.

It previously highlighted payments made by charity Salvaire, which owns The Green Company, to the chairman of both organisations, Martine Laffan-Butler, as well as to another company where she is director.

Peter Davies, GMB organiser, said: “If there is enough money around for the chair of the charity, directors, non-executive directors and still loads left over to gift to charities not in Sheffield, where are the premium rate toilets and showers? And why on earth are centres ever closed?”

Several residents said last week they had turned up at the centre in Deepcar only to find it closed.

Contractor Veolia, which sub-contracts the sites to The Green Company, did not respond to enquiries from The Star.