GMB warns Reigate & Banstead residents to expect refuse pile up as waste services set to strike
"It is disappointing that our members have to undertake this process and appreciate the public’s upset especially as the Borough has recently increased its Council Tax for residents", say GMB
GMB, the union at Reigate & Banstead Council, have warned residents to expect missed refuse collections as the Council are refusing to meet the union to discuss improving a pay offer which the members have rejected.
Last ditch talks between GMB officials, ACAS and Council management scheduled for Friday morning have broken down due to the Council wishing to bring in third parties that are not in dispute with the council.
GMB members have previously voted to reject the latest pay offer and enter a campaign of industrial action to win a pay deal that reflects the fact that they have been working hard throughout the pandemic, putting their health and safety and that of their families at risk in order to serve the public.
Paul Grafton, GMB Regional Organiser said: “By bringing in a third party not involved in the dispute, the Council have been deliberately attempting to muddy the waters and cause confusion and upset over pay. Sadly these workers have been treated appallingly by the Council.
“They worked all the way through the pandemic keeping the borough clean, tidy and the residents happy. These workers have already suffered a three year pay freeze whilst other workers were awarded pay rises.
“Our strike committee will be meeting over the weekend to decide what dates and times strike action will take place. It is disappointing that our members have to undertake this process and appreciate the public’s upset especially as the Borough has recently increased its Council Tax for residents. Further announcements will be released on Monday.”
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