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Bromley dustmen threaten strike action over stalled pay negotiations

PUBLISHED: 11:11 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:21 08 May 2013

Dustmen in Bromley are preparing for possible strike action following a breakdown in pay negotiations.

Veolia, who provide the borough’s waste removal, have offered workers a two per cent pay rise – but union Unite want wages to match inflation. A ballot will be held within a month to decide on a strike.

Unite regional officer, Onay Kasab, said: “What Veolia are offering is in reality a pay cut - the pay of workers is not matching the cost of living.

“Utility bills, food, travel, all are getting more expensive. Yet we are told that this is the price that workers must pay for an economic mess that we did not cause.

“Banks and big companies are sitting on huge reserves and profits, the rich are getting richer. So nobody should tell us there is no money - what we are are justifiably doing is demanding the share owed to working people”

A Veolia spokesman said the company is “disappointed” that the union has chosen to go to ballot without completing negotiations first.

He said : “We have a long and proud history of working in Bromley and Croydon and have always negotiated and settled amicably with the union on pay issues.

“Having offered two per cent in Bromley, it is disappointing that on this occasion the union has chosen to go to ballot straight away without completing negotiations with us first.”

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