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FCC concedes to union sick pay demands

Unison members at FCC’s Wilmington waste transfer station near Hull have called off planned industrial action after reaching agreement with the company over pay and conditions.

The union said the move would see thousands of FCC staff better off.

A series of strikes was staged by union members, beginning in March.

Unison said one of its members had been denied sick pay after being diagnosed with cancer, and that FCC had refused to include the matter in pay talks.

Union welfare officer for Hull Nikki Osborne said the new sick pay agreement now stretches to six months’ full pay and six months’ half pay. She said on social media: “This is not just for the 20 Hull strikers but for 2,500 workers across the UK.”

The union added: “Unison will be closely monitoring the company and expects it to honour the agreement – if not then be assured we will organise and continue to support members in taking action.”

An FCC spokesperson said: “FCC Environment has confirmed that negotiations reached a positive conclusion. For clarity, the proposed pay settlement was accepted in full by Unison.

“In addition, a non-contractual discretionary sick pay procedure will be implemented company-wide imminently.”

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