Binmen Threaten Strikes in West Norfolk
6:56am 29th August 2014
Some people in West Norfolk may not get their bins emptied next week as workers have announced dates for a strike.
The GMB Union says they're planning a half day of action next Thursday on the 4th, and a full day on Wednesday the 10th.
West Norfolk Borough Council uses the company Kier to empty their bins, and the company has been negotiating a pay rise for staff.
GMB says they want a 4% increase in wages.
Kier has made a final offer of 1.75%.
Glen Holdon from the GMB says staff feel underappreciated, have concerns about enforced overtime, health and safety concerns about emptying food waste bins, and want a pay rise in line with inflation.
"They want recognition of what they've done with the handover of contracts [from West Norfolk Borough Council to Kier] on or around 3% and some constructive discussions on sick pay, which doesn't exist at the moment."
In a statement Kier said:
“We remain in active dialogue with the GMB and are fully committed to ongoing negotiations. We understand that just under half of our employees at Kings Lynn have voted in favour of industrial action. We have a full contingency plan and, if the GMB choose not to continue with negotiations, and they formally notify us of industrial action, we can confirm that this contingency plan will be put in place to ensure ongoing service delivery to the communities we serve.”
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council has told KLFM News that they are also working with Kier to minimise disruption in the event that industrial action does go ahead.