More than 130 staff at a waste transfer station in Doncaster are set to strike after a breakdown in talks between their union and site operator Suez.
The company is hoping to avert the one-day industrial action on 12 December, which was voted for by all but a handful of the Unite members in a 94% turnout.
According to the firm, there have been 12 meetings since April between Suez, Unite and representatives about a revised pay offer.
Unite said the breakdown in talks was due to a “derisory pay offer which will leave workers 30p an hour worse off in real terms” due to cuts to their terms and conditions.
Suez countered this, saying its offer would have awarded the workers double that received by other public service providers this year, such as nurses and teachers.
The union also alleged that workers at the Kirk Sandall Waste Transfer Station (pictured) had not been allowed to take holidays since August, which the company said was untrue.
Unite said Suez had unfairly dismissed employees but the company said it related to one worker being ordered to leave following a “serious violation” of health and safety policy. It denied having a bullying culture.
Union regional officer Shane Sweeting said: “We had hoped that we could have avoided a strike, and the inevitable disruption it will bring, through recent talks at the conciliation service Acas.
“We urge the company to get around the negotiating table to meaningfully negotiate a solution which meets our members’ concerns and restores dignity and respect to the workplace.”
A statement from Suez reads: “We were incredibly disappointed to learn that Unite members in Doncaster voted to reject our generous pay offer.
“Despite this, Suez’s senior management team is carefully considering the result of the ballot and the company will do all it can, within the confines of economic responsibility, to avoid the threatened strike action.”