Bin strikes spread as industrial action announced in Barrow

Bin strikes spread as industrial action announced in Barrow

February 16, 2022

Bin strikes spread as refuse collectors announce industrial action in Barrow and Wiltshire after Brighton, Eastbourne and Coventry were hit by walkouts

  • Members of the GMB union in Barrow and Wiltshire are to take industrial action
  •  Barrow workers employed by FCC Environment voted unanimously to walk out 
  • They will strike for six days from March 9 to 11 and again from March 16 to 18 

More refuse collection workers are to go on strike amid a growing number of pay disputes across the country.

Members of the GMB union in Barrow and Wiltshire are to take industrial action in the coming weeks in rows over pay. 

Workers in Barrow employed by FCC Environment voted unanimously to walk out. They will strike for six days from March 9 to 11 and again from March 16 to 18.

It comes after members of the GMB union in Eastbourne announced a walkout in January, while Unite announced an escalation of industrial action in Coventry at the same time. 

Last October, shocking photos of mountains of rubbish emerged after workers went on strike in Brighton. 

More bin strikes have been called with workers in Barrow and Wiltshire set to walk out. Pictured: People struggle to find a pathway through the mountains of rubbish piled up in Montpelier Crescent in Brighton after a strike was called in October.

Discussing the latest action, GMB official Michael Hall said: ‘Barrow refuse collectors are angry. Despite inflation running sky high bosses won’t even give them a 3% pay rise so they can make ends meet.

‘Thanks to their penny-pinching, the people of Barrow face the massive disruption of a bin strike.’

Refuse collection workers in Wiltshire, employed by Hills Waste Solutions, will strike on February 28, in a move the union said will affect more than 250,000 homes.

Nicola Nixon, GMB regional organiser, said: ‘Time is running out if Hills want to get back around the table to discuss our members’ pay expectations of a 7% pay increase before any possible major disruption of waste and recycling collections for more than 250,000 homes.’

They are the latest in a series of disputes involving refuse collection workers across the country.

In January, workers announced a bin strike in Eastbourne and Coventry. 

Last October, shocking photos of mountains of rubbish emerged after workers went on strike in Brighton 

In October, dozens of refuse workers from the GMB Union walked out in Brighton as part of industrial action.

They were in dispute with the Green-led council over pay and working conditions, including the removal of drivers from long-standing bin rounds. 

The walk out led to shocking mountains of rubbish piling up on the streets. 

One resident said: ‘The piles of rubbish are growing daily and the stench is absolutely appalling.

‘The GMB is hugely powerful in Brighton and Hove and it is holding the council over a barrel yet again.’ 

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