Recycling strike called off

Strikers in Sheffield Credit: Martin Fisher

A strike by staff at recycling plants in Sheffield has come to an end.

Union leaders have agreed a number of new terms and conditions with Sheffield City Council, Veolia and SOVA to end the industrial action at sites across the city.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste and Streetscene said:

“I am glad we have been able to work together to find a solution to this situation.

“Let’s be clear, if we hadn’t been hit with £55m of Government cuts we would never have been put in this position in the first place.

“Today we have reached an agreement with the unions which includes reviewing training and support to staff to raise skills among other things, which will ensure productivity continues.

“We know there are other issues which still need to be addressed, but we are keeping all channels of communication open to resolve these as quickly as possible to avert any further action.”