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King's Lynn collectors set for strike action

GMB members working for Kier Refuse Services in King’s Lynn have voted to strike over a pay dispute and other issues.

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The union’s regional officer Glenn Holdom told MRW that the proposed strikes will take place on 4 September and 10 September, but he was hopeful that the dispute could still be settled.

It is understood that around 30 of the 45 eligible members at Kier backed action.

Holdom said: “If we arrive having to take the action described, it’s a failure on everybody’s part. A counter offer is being considered by the company, but they need to operate quickly to arrive at sensible position.”

The workers were balloted over the industrial action which revolved around a pay dispute, increased working hours and the level of agency staff being used since the transfer from Veolia to Kier in April 2013.

A Kier spokesperson told MRW: “We remain in active dialogue with the GMB and are fully committed to ongoing negotiations.

“We have a full contingency plan and, if the GMB choose not to continue with negotiations, and they formally notify us of industrial action, we can confirm that this contingency plan will be put in place to ensure ongoing service delivery to the communities we serve.”

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