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Wiltshire bin workers call off strike but campaign continues

Refuse workers in Wiltshire have voted not to strike, despite not being offered a pay deal.

Members of trade union GMB had consulted on whether to take industrial action over a pay dispute in the west of the county.

The vote on a strike followed a meeting with waste and resource management company FCC Environment in which the union said no new offer was made.

A spokesperson for FCC Environment suggested the matter had been resolved: “We can confirm that the industrial action next week has been called off and our services will continue as normal. We are pleased that this matter has been resolved and would like to thank our workforce in West Wiltshire for their hard work.”

But a spokesperson for GMB told MRW that union members would continue to campaign over the company pay freeze and the chance of industrial action at a later date was not over.

The union members originally called for a pay rise to match inflation. They had threatened to strike on 22 July if a deal was not reached. An overtime ban was also due to take place between 23 July and 20 August.

Towns affected would have been Bradford-upon-Avon, Melksham, Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury as well as the surrounding rural areas.

An initial strike took place on 8 July.

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