City faces threat of strike by binmen

Bin men emptying domestic waste bins
Bin men emptying domestic waste bins

SHEFFIELD is facing a strike by binmen in protest at three years of frozen wages.

Workers with waste collection company Veolia are due to meet next week, probably on Thursday, to decide on the exact line of action.

A ballot by the GMB trade union, which represents 200 binmen and associated staff, indicated 75% support for a strike, and 86% in favour of industrial action short of a strike, such as a refusal to work overtime. Sixty per cent returned their papers.

GMB regional organiser Peter Davies said: “Veolia has received inflationary increases each year in the amount it receives from Sheffield Council to run the service. It is not on that our members have not seen wages rise in turn.”

Binmen are already facing the threat of 40 job losses when black bin collections in Sheffield switch from weekly to fortnightly later this year.

Veolia says wage reviews are undertaken nationally through the National Joint Council, which comprises representatives of the Government and trade unions.

“In recent times, the NJC negotiations have resulted in no increase being awarded,” said a spokeswoman. “Veolia has always honoured pay increases agreed by the NJC and will continue to do so.”