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Wiltshire bins strike affecting 250,000 homes back on as negotiations fail

March 6, 2022 7:11 PM
By Geoff Baker in Wiltshire Times

The bins strike set to hit around 250,000 homes across Wiltshire is back on - starting on Monday for two weeks.

The strike of bin workers at Hills Municipal Collections bases at Trowbridge, Calne and Salisbury was put on hold after the company has upped its pay offer.

The strike was threatened because workers wanted a seven per cent pay rise and the company had previously offered two per cent. The GMB union indicated that the new offer is less than a seven per cent rise.

Negotiations appear to have failed as the firm announced the strike would go ahead.

In a statement it said: "Hills Municipal Collections' latest pay offer has been rejected by members of the GMB Union and notification has been given that strike action affecting household waste and recycling collections in Wiltshire will commence on Monday March 7 for two weeks.

"The number of union members who are likely to strike has been reduced following UNISON members accepting the pay deal. Hills Municipal Collections is also awaiting Unite Union's response to the offer which is due next week."

"Hills Municipal Collections teams will work with Wiltshire Council to minimise disruption to household collection services. This industrial action has been timed to coincide with the roll-out of new collection rounds, and we ask for resident's understanding whilst we do all we can to deal with the issue."

Residents should continue to place their bins out for collection as normal, and check Wiltshire Council's social media feeds or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk for up-to-date information on waste collection services in their area.

Wiltshire bins strike affecting 250,000 homes back on as negotiations fail | Wiltshire Times