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GMB's collection workers to vote on strike action

The GMB trades union is to ballot members employed by Kier Refuse Services in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in a dispute over pay, conditions and use of agency staff.

The row involves 45 union members and follows a pay offer of a 1.75% increase over 15 months in response to a claim for 4% over 12 months.

Glenn Holdom, GMB regional officer, said “This insulting pay offer does not reflect the effort put in by the operatives to fulfil the conditions of the contract.

“The company response is not acceptable to our members and they view this as the straw that has broken the camel’s back.”

Holdom said that there have been several issues, such as increased working hours and the level of agency staff being used since the transfer from Veolia to Kier in April 2013.

“GMB remains committed to talk further with the company to avoid regrettable disruption to the service our members provide but the company needs to improve the offer and address the other concerns of members.”

A Kier spokesperson said: “We are committed to continuing our discussions regarding the pay award with the aim of reaching an amicable conclusion for all parties and to avoid any disruption of service.”

The ballot closes on 27 August.

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