Binmen set to go on strike

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:29 04 February 2015


NORTH Somerset’s binmen are gearing up to go on strike over an ongoing pay dispute.

Members of GMB employed by Keir May Gurney have voted to stage a walk-out over failed pay negotiations. The company is currently on a refuse and recycling contract for North Somerset Council

The union says a strike will have ‘a significant impact’ on residents of North Somerset.

It will affect kerbside collections across the area and also the household waste recycling centres in Portishead and Backwell.

GMB’s regional officer Adi Baker said: “If there is no movement industrial action is inevitable which will have a significant impact on the residents of North Somerset. I hope the company will take steps to avert this.”

A Kier spokesman said: “We have been in active discussions with our employees and the GMB since April 2014 to try to reach a resolution, and have made repeated offers as part of that process.

“Most recently, we made an increased offer ranging from 1.3 per cent to 1.8 per cent, which was in line with the original guidance given by the GMB.

“We are disappointed to hear that 29 GMB members have voted for strike action out of our 173-strong workforce at North Somerset, because we have listened to our employees, have been keen to engage with the GMB to reach a solution, and have made, what we believe, is a fair and workable offer.

“We remain in active dialogue with the GMB and are fully committed to ongoing negotiations.

“If the GMB choose not to continue with negotiations and formally notify us of industrial action, we have a full contingency plan to maintain continuity of service for the communities we serve.”

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