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Refuse workers in Somerset back five weeks of walkouts

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2486

Recycling refuse collectors in Somerset voted for five more weeks of discontinuous strikes for pay on Thursday of last week.

The Unite union members walked out in late December.

They disrupted collections of food waste and recycling that Bath and North East Somerset council has yet to catch up on.

They are demanding a “substantial” pay rise from bosses Kier Ltd.

Workers rejected an offer of three percent pointing out that they are paid 25 percent less than Kier employees in Bristol, just a few miles away. The strikes were set to take place on Thursday and Friday of this week and each of the coming weeks.

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Tue 12 Jan 2016, 16:46 GMT
Issue No. 2486
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