GMB union announce week-long strike at waste recycling plants in Nottinghamshire including Worksop
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GMB said the strike action will impact refuse and recycling processing facilities in the county operated by Veolia under contract to Nottinghamshire Council including Worksop’s Claylands Avenue site, as well as Mansfield’s Materials Recycling Facility and Kirkby’s Welshcroft Close site.
These plants process household waste and recycling for more than 250,000 homes in north Nottinghamshire.
GMB said the announcement came after Veolia management declined to engage in negotiations over a pay rise for staff at the sites.
Initial action will take place from Monday, September 25, for one week with more than 50 workers expected to down tools.
Mick Coppin, GMB Organiser, said: “Veolia Nottinghamshire is raking in vast sums of money from local council taxpayers.
“In return, they’re expecting local workers to do dangerous, difficult, and smelly work for the minimum wage.
“There’s no other way to put it; Veolia Nottinghamshire is robbing from the poor to give to the rich.
“Our members can no longer afford to heat their homes and pay their bills; they’re being driven to the breadline by a multi-million pound company.”
Derek Higton, interim corporate director for Place at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are aware of strike action by some Veolia staff taking place during the week commencing September 25, and we are working with Veolia to understand the impact that this may have on the operation of waste transfer facilities, and the domestic waste collection services in some parts of Nottinghamshire that are managed by our district and borough council partners.
"We will provide further updates in the coming days for residents.
"At present, we anticipate that the operation of the county council’s network of household waste and recycling centres will not be affected.”
A Veolia spokesperson said: "Veolia and the GMB Union negotiated and agreed a two year pay deal for employees in Nottinghamshire in 2022 which recognised the hard work of our teams but we have offered to engage in early pay discussions for 2024.
"Veolia has honoured the agreement that both the company and the GMB entered into and it is therefore disappointing that the GMB Union has sought to take industrial action at this time.
"We take the safety and comfort of our employees very seriously and the work undertaken is done to industry practice. Veolia will seek to minimise any disruption the industrial action may cause."