North Norfolk bin workers’ strike called off

Kier at work collecting rubbish in north Norfolk

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

A threatened strike by refuse workers in north Norfolk has been averted after GMB union members voted today to accept their company Kier's offer.

The strike, over pay and industrial relations, was due to start on Monday.

Members wanted to earn the same as colleagues in King's Lynn and have now agreed a two-year deal to achieve this.

Ivan Mercer, GMB regional organiser, said he was delighted.

'This has been a long negotiation that began in July 2015 and resolved just two days before action was due to begin. I am very proud of the resolve and solidarity shown by our members during this dispute,' he added.

'There are still a few industrial relations issues to iron out but I am optimistic that these problems can be resolved. Now that our members have demonstrated to Kier that they are willing to support themselves and each other, it would be foolhardy of the company to dismiss their concerns of bullying taking place at the depot.'

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