Recycling strike

Recycling workers in Sheffield are going on strike in a row over cuts to jobs, hours and pay.

SOVA Recycling Ltd workers will be joined by members of the GMB and Socialist Party and other supporters as they protest outside the Town Hall.

They are lobbying councillors against the cuts and calling on services, currently managed by private contractors, to be brought back in-house.

As part of the protest they wil have a blue recycling bin, with the slogan "Put the cuts in the bin".

Due to the strike action some of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Sheffield will be closed until Friday 15 June. To minimise disruption SOVA Recycling Ltd has agreed to opening at least two sites during the industrial action. These are Longley Avenue West and Beighton Road in Woodhouse.

We've put plans in place to ensure the public can continue to dispose of household waste safely and responsibly. We're committed to keeping two of the five sites open throughout the current industrial action. Over the last few months Sova Recycling has been working hard, together with the council, Veolia and the GMB to reach a solution that minimises the impact on jobs and services to the public and we will continue to do so.

– Stephen Bennett, Operations Director for Sova Recycling

I would once again like to thank residents for their continued patience. As before, they will still be able to use two sites across the City. We obviously want to see an end to this action as soon as possible. Nobody wants to be in this position. I understand the strength of feeling from the staff who work in the recycling centres and their point has been made. Unfortunately the funding the Council receives from Government has been cut to such an extent that we had no other choice but to make these changes. If there was an alternative we would have already taken it.

– Councillor Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council

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