Staff at Sheffield’s five household waste recycling centres are to go on strike next week in a row over pay, conditions and “bullying”.
In a Titter post, Peter Davies, regional Union GMB officer, said the action was over “conditions, pay and bullying” and that strikes “will commence next week”.
Union GMB said that 90 percent of workers employed by The Green Company had voted in favour of industrial action.
The first strike will take place on 1 October. The second day will take place on 6 October, with a further four days starting on 10 October.
Veolia – “If strike action does occur we will do everything we can to minimise disruption and keep as many sites open as possible”
The Green Company, formerly known as SOVA Recycling Ltd, is sub-contracted to run the five waste recycling centres in partnership with Sheffield Council and Veolia.
Veolia said it wants to “sort any issues out speedily”. The company added: “If strike action does occur we will do everything we can to minimise disruption and keep as many sites open as possible.”
According to BBC News, Davies said staff were working on reduced hours and received no extra pay for working at weekends.
“I wish that we didn’t have to do this,” he said.
“I wish that the decision-makers in this city would get round the table and resolve this and I have been begging them to do that.”