Bromley bin strike on hold as Unite and Veolia discuss wage increase
PUBLISHED: 13:55 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 27 June 2013
Binmen in Bromley have postponed strike action set for next week.
The workers, employed by Veolia Environmental Services, were due to strike for three days from Tuesday but have put those plans on hold while talks are held between union Unite and Veolia.
Staff decided to vote for strike action after receing a pay rise offer of two per cent from the French company, who provide refuse services across Bromley.
However, workers in Bromley, and Croydon, declined the offer and called for a wage increase of at least three per cent.
Unite regional officer, Onay Kasab, said: “We are prepared to negotiate in good faith and use this window of opportunity constructively. But if no settlement is reached, strike action will happen very quickly - the strike is only put on hold for 21 days.
“Our aim is to win fair pay for our members.”
A Veolia spokesman said:“We are pleased that following talks with Unite the Union the proposed strikes have been postponed. We now look forward to fully resolving the issue via ACAS.”