Bin crew strikes continue

 BIN collecting crews are holding three weeks of strikes in response to a pay offer . 

About 150 workers employed by South Gloucestershire Council’s waste contractor Suez went on strike for a week from June 12 to 16, with a further fortnight of action due to last from June 26 to July 9. 

Union Unite said 89% of workers who took part in a ballot voted to strike, after rejecting an 8% per cent offer. 

The union said: “With the real rate of inflation, RPI, at 11.4%, this is a significant real terms pay cut.” 

Unite’s South Gloucester-shire bin loaders earn £11.53 per hour – £460 for a five-day week, or just under £24,000 a year. 

The union said industrial action would “intensify” if the dispute was not resolved. 

Suez says its two most recent pay offers represent a pay