Sandwell Refuse workers vote for strike action amid a row over pay
UNISON members in Sandwell, who are employed by Serco, have announced their intention to take industrial action after the employer failed to meet their calls for a decent pay rise.
The strike action is being taken after workers rejected an 8% pay increase, as it was below the current rate of inflation.
Members are due to walk out on 4, 5 and 8 August, alongside Unite and GMB.
Serco hold the contract to deliver the refuse services for Sandwell Council, with UNISON members working predominantly in street cleansing.
Tony Barnsley, Sandwell UNISON Branch Secretary, said
“Over 70% of our members have backed the strike action, as they are asking for nothing more than a fair pay rise and an end to the two-tier workforce created by Serco.”
The action is due to take place during the Commonwealth Games – with Sandwell hosting swimming events. UNISON regional organiser, Louise Dalton added:
“We know that strike action will inevitably cause disruption to the residents of Sandwell, but if Serco want to avoid missed collections and rubbish piling up in the summer heat, they can make an offer that doesn’t leave our members worse off.”