Bromley 48-hour bin strike avoided yet again

PUBLISHED: 14:12 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 18 January 2013

A second proposed strike by Bromley’s set for Monday was avoided last week after trade union Unite accepted an offer to re-instate four sacked workers.

The men were dismissed last year from the Veolia depot, in Baths Road, for collecting unauthorised waste and a Christmas strike was avoided after Unite met with the employers.

However, a 48-hour strike was threatened after the agreement to re-employ the four workers crumbled.

Negotiations between both parties continued and it was announced on Friday that Unite had accepted an offer in which the four men will be re-employed away from Bromley with back dated pay.

Unite regional officer, Onay Kasab, said: “We have no desire to see unecessary disruption and inconvenience and have therefore agreed to settle on the basis of alternative jobs.”

Veolia had previously claimed to be going “above and beyond” in their efforts to prevent strike, stating they were disappointed by Unite’s failure to stick to their ‘no strike agreement’.

A spokesman said: “We are pleased to confirm that Unite have informed us that the proposed strike action will no longer be taking place.

“We continue to make progress in negotiations with Unite and the four employees about alternative working options.”

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