Another strike hits Sheffield recycling sites

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WORKERS at Sheffield’s five household waste recycling centres are due to hold another two-day strike today and tomorrow as part of a long-running dispute.

The GMB members have held repeated walkouts in protest at cuts to opening days which have seen their hours drop from full time to an average of 29 hours per week.

A spokeswoman for contractor SOVA, which runs the centres on behalf of Sheffield Council and its main waste contractor Veolia, said: “Workers at all five centres are due to strike both days this weekend.

“We have contingency plans to minimise disruption for households, with three of our sites and an additional facility open to the public.”

Sheffield residents will be able to visit High Green, Shirecliffe and Woodhouse recycling centres, plus the private Haigh facility on Carlisle Street, in the Lower Don Valley.

All four sites will be open from 10am until 6pm today and tomorrow.

Nobody from the GMB trade union was available for comment.

The strikes were called after the latest talks aimed at resolving the dispute failed to produce a result.

The workers say they cannot afford to have their hours cut and question why the sites are not making enough money from the sale of waste to cover their operating costs.

Sheffield Council said cuts to opening hours are necessary as it grapples with huge budget cuts which have totalled £55 million in the current financial year.

A Veolia spokeswoman said: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”