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Staff to strike at Sheffield recycling centres

GMB union members have voted to take industrial action at five household waste recycling centres run by a Veolia sub-contractor.

Staff at centres run by The Green Company, formally known as SOVA Recycling Limited, will stage the walk-outs on 1 and 6 October and from 10-14 October, according to local reports.

GMB’s regional officer Peter Davies indicated its members had voted nine to one in favour of action. He said on Twitter it was over “conditions, pay and bullying”.

The Green Company is a social enterprise that operates the recycling centres in partnership with Veolia and Sheffield City Council.

Workers last staged a walk-out in May 2012 over a pay dispute and concerns about proposed job losses.

A spokesperson for Veolia told MRW: “We are aware that GMB members have decided to take industrial action. Discussions are continuing with the union and its representatives about any concerns addressed by staff working for The Green Company.  
“The Green Company and GMB representatives will work together to resolve any issues that need addressing. We want to sort any issues out speedily. If strike action does occur we will do everything we can to minimise disruption and keep as many sites open as possible.”



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