Solihull refuse worker strike over pay - how will you be affected? - The Solihull Observer

Solihull refuse worker strike over pay - how will you be affected?

Solihull Editorial 3rd Sep, 2023   0

REFUSE workers, street cleaners and grounds maintenance workers in Solihull will down tools in the dispute over pay.

GMB union have announced a second week of strike action in Solihull, with workers on council contracts walking out, claiming low pay from council contracting companies.

The strike will take place for one week from Monday, September 4, and impact refuse and street cleaning staff employed by Veolia and grounds, park and cemetery workers employed by Idverde.

The strike comes after Idverde workers downed tools, seeing disruption to Solihull’s parks and green spaces.

The news comes after talks failed to bring an offer to the table in line with inflation.

Rebecca Mitchell, GMB Organiser, said: “Solihull Borough Council is facing a contractors crisis, with staff on two of their biggest maintenance contracts downing tools for a second week.

“Idverde have already seen a week of disruption, impacting Solihull’s parks in one of the busiest periods.

“Now Veolia too are feeling forced to take strike action as a cost-of-living crisis drives their living standards down.

“Solihull workers deserve so much better than poverty pay from contracting giants only interested in making a profit at the expense of local tax payers.”

Solihull Borough Council has released information on its website about how the industrial action would affect residents.

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