Waste work­ers say stop strike ac­tion by talk­ing

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WASTE work­ers in Widnes are back­ing strike ac­tion in the on­go­ing row over un­paid shifts.

Unite mem­bers in Cheshire, em­ployed by Ve­o­lia En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices UK Ltd, voted for strike ac­tion and ac­tion short of a strike, in­clud­ing an over­time ban, in their dis­pute over un­paid shifts.

Work­ers at the Dit­ton Road site are em­ployed on a con­tract of any five shifts from seven. How­ever, the Unite Union says driv­ers are not be­ing paid if they work a sixth shift in a seven-day pe­riod.

78.3% voted in favour of strike ac­tion and ac­tion short of strike on a turnout of 92%.

Unite is call­ing on Ve­o­lia man­age­ment to en­ter into ‘se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions’ to avert ac­tion.

Unite re­gional of­fi­cer Steven Ger­rard said: “The mas­sive vote in favour of strike ac­tion by Unite mem­bers sends a clear mes­sage to Ve­o­lia bosses that they must now come up with a rea­son­able pro­posal to re­solve this dis­pute.

“If strike ac­tion takes place then this could have a se­ri­ous im­pact on rub­bish col­lec­tions from a num­ber of well-known high street brands in­clud­ing McDon­ald’s, Boots, Wether­spoon and Asda.

“This sit­u­a­tion sim­ply can­not con­tinue. Unite is call­ing for gen­uine and se­ri­ous talks with Ve­o­lia man­age­ment to avert strike ac­tion go­ing ahead.”

Phil Gil­mour, re­gional di­rec­tor of Ve­o­lia UK, said: “We are dis­ap­pointed that em­ploy­ees at the Widnes de­pot have bal­loted for in­dus­trial ac­tion, the dis­pute is cur­rently be­ing dis­cussed with the Na­tional Joint Trade Unions at ACAS. Sig­nif­i­cant progress was made at the last meet­ing and a fol­low-up meet­ing has been sched­uled in early De­cem­ber.”

Plans are cur­rently un­der way to agree on dates for the strikes to com­mence, how­ever Unite say they are com­mited to do­ing all within its power to re­solve the dis­pute and re­main open to ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ve­o­lia man­age­ment.

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