Three-week bin strike hits Surrey as industrial unrest spreads

Three-week bin strike hits Surrey as industrial unrest spreads into the Home Counties

  • Surrey bin men have launched a three-week strike which began this morning
  • Workers employed by waste management company Biffa rejected a pay offer
  • GMB union said workers involved in the disputer were ‘significantly’ underpaid 

Bin men in Surrey have launched a three-week-long strike over pay in the latest addition to wider industrial unrest sweeping the country.

The strike, which began this morning, is expected to last until November 23, during which workers will cease to collect rubbish.

The strike, which began this morning, is expected to last until November 23, during which workers will cease to collect rubbish

GMB union members employed by waste management company Biffa in Waverley, Surrey, mounted picket lines across the region.

A Biffa spokesperson said: ‘Following a constructive day of negotiations with Acas and the GMB last week, we tabled an improved offer that was already significantly above inflation. 

Workers will cease to collect any rubbish during the three-week strike as the dispute over pay continues

Bin men in Surrey have launched a three-week-long strike over pay in the latest addition to wider industrial unrest sweeping the country

Unfortunately, this offer was today rejected by the trade union.

‘We are doing everything we can with our partners at Waverley Borough Council to continue delivering services and to bring the dispute to an end as soon as possible.’

GMB official Paul Grafton said: ‘The only way to avoid action is for Biffa to substantially raise their pay offer to a level that our members are happy to accept.’

He said workers involved in the dispute were paid substantially less than those in other areas of the country.

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