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Mid Sussex refuse workers to vote on strike

Serco workers in Mid Sussex are to vote on a strike action following a dispute over a new pay deal.

The trade union GMB said that 40 of its members who are employed in Serco’s refuse, recycling and street cleansing services will go to the ballot box on 12 September after they rejected a 1% pay rise.

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If the workers vote to take industrial action, a strike is likely to take place on 14 October, according to the GMB.

GMB organiser Gary Palmer said: “I can assure residents that GMB remain committed to further talks with the company to settle this matter to everyone’s satisfaction and to avoid any disruption to the good service our members provide on a regular basis.

“But that ultimately only Serco can look to take up and positively instigate developments for further discussion in the hope that our members can step back from what could be a winter of industrial unrest and disruption, if no agreement can be found.”

Andy Norris, Serco contract manager, said: “We are aware of the intended action relating to nationally agreed pay awards and are monitoring the situation closely. We will, of course, be looking to maintain the service to residents.”

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