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Union calls for ballot over waste truck driver strikes

The trade union GMB has called for a ballot over potential industrial action by members employed as drivers on Sita UK’s Sussex commercial waste contract.

Some of the drivers who operate out of Sita’s Turners Hill, Crawley, depot have had cuts to their pay.

The drivers collect from businesses in areas including Eastbourne, Brighton, Bognor and businesses close to the M25. Industrial action would have a massive impact on commercial waste collections in the region, GMB said.

A Sita UK company statement said: “Consultation discussions with colleagues in Crawley are ongoing, therefore we are disappointed that the GMB has decided to jump the gun and call a consultative ballot.

“We are working to agree a mutually satisfactory resolution and both parties are confident that this can be achieved.”

A Sita UK spokesperson said the company had been consulting with staff at its waste and collection branches across the country over the last year in a move to standardise pay rates at each location.

He added that this came partly as a result of survey in which Sita UK employees said that they wanted pay rates to be the same so that employees who do the same job in each branch are paid the same amount.

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