GMB Union is today (19 April) meeting with May Gurney to discuss the action that is being taken by its Barnet waste workers over pay.
GMB’s London Regional Committee agreed to allow a strike ballot, following the workers’ application which was submitted earlier this month. They are taking action following complaints to GMB that they have not received a salary increase for four years, claiming that some staff are receiving the national minimum wage of £5.93 per hour.
Speaking to MRW GMB Organiser Keith Williams said: “We have been advised by May Gurney that we will have two meetings with them. We will look to discuss the fairness of workers going four years without a payrise, while its chief executive gets a £49,000 payrise.”
May Gurney refuted the issue that workers have had to put up with a pay freeze for four years earlier this month, saying in response to the trade union action: “Staff received a pay increase in 2008/2009. In 2010, in line with many other companies across the UK, May Gurney froze staff pay as a result of the extremely challenging economic conditions. Pay reviews for 2011 have yet to be carried out.”
Williams added: “We are going in to the meeting with an open mind. Inflation over the past four years has risen by 13% and so we’re hoping to increase workers’ salaries.”
A statement from May Gurney following the meeting said: “The recent talks with the GMB Union, regarding the pay of our staff at our Barnet recycling operations, were very positive and constructive.
“We discussed a number of proposals and the GMB will be consulting with their members in due course.”