North Somerset refuse workers announced six-day strike

Refuse workers in North Somerset have announced six days’ strike action over pay.

The GMB members, employed by the North Somerset Environment Company, which was set up last year by North Somerset Council, will walk out on April 12, 13, 1, 17, 21 and 22 after rejecting a 4.5% pay offer.

GMB regional organiser Tim Northover said: “We’re sad that it’s come to this point, but this can’t go on forever. Members made their views clear a few weeks ago when they gave us the mandate to take strike action, and we were hopeful that the council would see sense and make a serious offer.

“The truth is our members have worked hard during the pandemic and our members deserve a proper pay rise. We hope the council can bring something to the table that can bring this to a close, but we won’t let them just keep kicking the can down the road.”

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