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City hit by third waste strike

FCC truck

Hull City Council has warned residents to expect a further fortnight’s disruption to waste collections after Unison called a third bout of industrial action against contractor FCC.

The council said this was due to run from 1-14 May, during which collection times might become unpredictable.

Unison members went on strike over sick pay in early March, then again for two weeks in late March, during which they picketed the local FCC Wilmington waste transfer station and appealed to other union members to support a hardship fund for strikers.

Its Hull City branch secretary Adrian Kennett said: “Despite the company’s significant profits, it refuses to pay the workers who make them the profits decent pay and conditions.”

The union wants an improved sick pay scheme and an increase on the 2.5% pay rise offered by the company, which Kennett said most staff would receive anyway as part of last month’s increase in the national minimum wage.

In a letter to staff seen by MRW, FCC said the 2.5% offer had been accepted across the board except for its Hull and East Riding contract.

It said its sick pay scheme was in line with the statutory scheme, and “we have and will continue to look at individuals on a case-by-case basis, and make adjustments over and above contractual sick pay, where appropriate”.

It said FCC remained in talks with Unison, and would “ensure that as much support as possible is available to all employees who are willing to work”.



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