Newham bin workers balloting on strike action amid pay and conditions row
Charlotte Lillywhite, Local Democracy Reporter
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Refuse workers in Newham are balloting over strike action next month in a row over pay and conditions.
Around 100 members of Unite employed by Newham Council are being asked if they want to walk out in a vote which ends on August 3.
A Newham Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the ballot and are continuing to work with employee representatives and unions to agree a positive way forward.”
The workers are “struggling to make ends meet” with their current pay amid the cost-of-living crisis, according to the union.
Unite said the lowest the workers are paid is £22,780 a year.
Union bosses also want the workers to be paid a higher overtime rate and to get sick pay on Saturdays before bank holidays if they can’t work because of illness.
Steve Edwards, Unite regional officer, said: “Strike action can still be avoided by Newham Council returning to the negotiating table and making an offer which addresses our members’ issues.
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"The ball is now firmly in the council’s court.”
Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, added: “Newham’s refuse workers play a vital role in delivering waste services. Despite this, their current pay means they are struggling to make ends meet."