Bin workers in Sheffield have held their first day of collective action for a dispute over wages and terms.
Garbage workers are asking for a 3% increase in their salary to match the current “living wage”.
The union action started this morning (November 08) and should continue every Monday until a new wage agreement is reached with the waste management company Veolia.
The strike was supposed to take place on November 1, but it was suspended to allow GMB union members to vote on an improved offer presented by the company.
The action, which could affect more than 200,000 homes, saw workers march from Lumley Street depot to Sheffield Town Hall.
Lee Parkinson, GMB union organizer, said:
“GMB members have gone above and beyond over the past 18 months to serve the people of Sheffield, while putting their own health and safety at risk.
“All they’re asking for is recognition of the effort they put in, through a decent pay rise that at least follows the cost of living, and not at the expense of other conditions.
“They had no choice but to take this step.”
A spokesperson for Veolia said: “Despite recent wage negotiations, we have received a notice of collective action from the GMB union.
“We are working to ensure that any disruption to residents’ waste and recycling services is minimized.
“We will provide more information to residents next week to explain any changes to the garbage collection. “
Sheffield City Council has been contacted for a statement but has not responded.