Amey strike in Surrey called off
“This is a good result for the members, and really shows what results you can achieve when you stand together, united against your employer”, says GMB Southern
GMB Trade Union, the union for waste services within Surrey has called off its proposed strike action at the 11th hour.
Members delivering the waste services in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath were due to go on strike starting this week over pay, and particularly a disparity between rates of pay between the depots.
Amey contacted GMB on Friday for last-minute talks and put another offer on the table, which was this morning (Monday 4 November) accepted by the members, thus calling off the strike action in the process.
Paul Grafton, GMB Regional Officer said: "Amey eventually offered pay deals for GMB members between 4% and 18.1% over 2 years so that the depots’ disparity in pay is resolved. Our members were very happy to see this matter resolved after months of difficult negotiations. Whilst the members did not want to take industrial action, they were fully prepared for it."
"This is a good result for the members, and really shows what results you can achieve when you stand together, united against your employer."
"Let’s not forget though that this pay rise is only bringing these workers back in line with what others are earning elsewhere. Where such injustices are identified, GMB fights hard on behalf of our members, and we get results."
Contact: Paul Grafton 07714239092 or GMB Southern Press Office 07970 114762