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Suez agrees deal with Doncaster workers

Suez UK has agreed a deal with workers at a waste transfer station in Doncaster following a day’s industrial action.

On 12 December, more than 130 staff at Kirk Sandall Waste Transfer Station held a strike after a breakdown in talks between Suez and their union Unite.

At the time, Unite said the cause was 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.

A week on, a statement released by Suez and Unite announced a deal had been struck, meaning further industrial action planned for the Christmas period will not take place.

According to the statement, the agreement follows several meetings and a final ballot of members on 16 December.

Collection crews have been working hard to catch up on the back-log of collections caused by the one-day stoppage and normal service has now resumed – subject to the planned adjustments to collections going forward over the public holidays.

Steve Holgate, director of municipal services for Suez, said: “We apologise to the residents of Doncaster who were affected by the stoppage last week and experienced disruption to their normal service.

“However, we are pleased to say that both parties have now resolved the outstanding issues, which means that we can move forward together and continue to provide this essential service over the holiday period.”

Shane Sweeting, regional officer for Unite, said: “I am pleased to confirm that the need for industrial action, as a last resort to resolve a disputed issue over terms and conditions, is no longer required because a suitable resolve for all parties has been achieved.

“Unite the union would like to thank the public for their support of its members and now looks forward to a meaningful relationship with Suez going forward.”

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