Disruption ahead as refuse workers vote to take industrial action in North Norfolk in row over pay

Kier at work collecting rubbish in north Norfolk

Kier at work collecting rubbish in north Norfolk - Credit: Archant

GMB members employed on a refuse contract for Aylsham and Fakenham rejected a 2pc pay increase over two years.

Refuse workers in North Norfolk have voted to take industrial action in a row over pay.

GMB members employed on a refuse contract for Aylsham and Fakenham rejected a 2pc pay increase over two years and have decided to take industrial action in support of their claim for a £10 an hour Living Wage.

Those working as refuse drivers and loaders have voted for a total ban on overtime on Tuesday, June 21.

Of the 36 members balloted, over 85pc voted in favour of the overtime ban.


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Glenn Holdom, GMB regional officer, said: 'All our members are asking for is a fair wage for the hard work and endeavour they provide for the residents and businesses of North Norfolk.

'GMB members employed on this contract offer the general public a valuable service for little more than the government's national living wage of £7.20 an hour.'

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Broadland District Council said the action will not affect its refuse collections as its workers are on a different contract.

North Norfolk District Council, meanwhile, apologised to customers in advance for any disruption.

Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett, the local authority's Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: 'We have been informed by Kier that some of their staff are expected to work to rule over a pay dispute. This is a private dispute between the employees and management of our contractors.

'Bin collections in North Norfolk may be slightly later in the day than usual due to this industrial action, but the Council doesn't expect it to impact the service to any significant extent and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to our residents.

'The advice to residents is to put out your bins on the normal day of collection and leave them out until they have been emptied.'

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