Bromley binmen to strike from Tuesday in pay rise row

PUBLISHED: 12:39 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 26 June 2013

Binmen in Bromley will strike next week in a row over a proposed pay increase.

The workers, all members of union Unite, will take action from Tuesday to Thursday after they were offered a pay rise of two per cent by Veolia Environmental Services, who provide refuse services in the borough.

Bromley workers are joined by colleagues from Croydon in striking, as both seek at least a three per cent wage increase.

It is thought the action could spread to Camden, where Veolia workers have also rejected the proposed hike.

Unite regional officer, Onay Kasab, said: “What Veolia is offering is in reality a pay cut - workers’ wages are not matching the cost of living. Household bills, food and travel are all getting more expensive.

“We urge the management to come to the negotiating table before next week’s strikes and make our members a fair and decent offer that reflects the hard work that contributes to the company’s profitability.

“Otherwise, there could be more strikes in Croydon and Bromley and the real possibility of strikes in Camden.”

A Veolia spokesman last week claimed just 73 workers from a possible 219 had voted for strike action in Bromley, with only 60 in favour. The company are expecting to return to talks with Unite, and hope to reach an “amicable solution” before industrial action occurs.

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