Walk outs continue at Sheffield recycling depot

Waste collection workers from Veolia Sheffield were on strike this morning over pay increases.

This was the second day of strike action this week organised by trade union GMB, with workers also walking out on Tuesday. They also held one day strikes on the 5th and 17th of October.

Veolia took control of Sheffield’s waste management in 2001 on a 35-year contract, and has offered a 3% pay rise over two years. This however was rejected, leading to the strike action.

Veolia submitted an improved offer after a meeting with GMB last Friday, but after a ballot, this was rejected.

There was a strong showing of solidarity between workers this morning, where approximately 40 members of staff bearing banners and flags joined together on the picket line outside the Lumley Street depot.

GMB regional officer for Sheffield Peter Davies described the offer as “below inflation”, and urged workers to stick together.

In a statement, a Veolia spokesperson said: “We (will) continue to work hard to resolve this dispute. Yesterday Veolia met with the GMB to discuss matters and a further meeting is scheduled for Monday.”


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