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Swindon workers lobby MEPs over unfair pay

Swindon agency workers lobby MEPs over a loophole that means they get paid less for doing the same job as their colleagues Credit: European Parliament

Workers from Swindon have been lobbying MEPs in Brussels because they claim they get £2 less an hour than colleagues doing the same job.

Agency staff at the Marks and Spencer distribution centre want a loophole in EU law closed. It allows companies not to treat workers equally if they are employed through an agency rather than directly.

Whatever's happening right now, it has to stop because we agency workers have been exploited too much.

– Rosseby Carvalho, Shop Steward

We wanted to give them examples of how people are affected by this and for them to see how people live with these regulations and how it affects their lives and how it makes their lives so incredibly difficult.

– CAROLE VALLELLY GMB Union, Wiltshire

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Statement: Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council does not own the Marshgate site, so the council would therefore not be liable for any costs to clear it. From the outset of this difficult situation the council and partner agencies have been committed to helping local residents and businesses, whilst also minimising any costs to the public purse.

– A spokesperson for Swindon Borough Council

Statement: Environment Agency

Following the announcement that the Averies Recycling Ltd had gone into administration, the Environment Agency released the following statement:

We are aware that Averies Recycling (Swindon) Limited (ARSL) at Marshgate is in administration.

Whilst the company is in administration it is still obliged to comply with the revocation notice and the associated conditions of the permit. The notice contain steps which legally oblige the company to return the site to a satisfactory state and to remove the risks of pollution. The company must remove waste from the Marshgate site by the 15 April 2015.

We continue with our investigations and we cannot comment on the investigation in detail at this stage. We will continue to make regular visits to the site to assess compliance with the revocation notice which requires the site to be returned to a satisfactory state and the waste is removed.

– Environment Agency

Statement: Managing Director of Averies Recycling in Marshgate

The Managing Director of Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd has this statement on the company website.

On 21 July a fire broke out at our Marshgate waste transfer depot in Swindon.

Since then, we have been working tirelessly, day and night, with the fire authorities, Swindon Borough Council and the Environment Agency to try to extinguish the fire. We have had a very positive and constructive relationship with fire authorities throughout what has been a very complex situation, and have also cooperated fully with the council.

As MD, I am very sorry that this fire has had such a significant effect on so many people, and I regret any discomfort or inconvenience that residences or businesses may have suffered.

As a responsible, regulated company that is part of an industry that minimises environmental damage by recycling waste material, our priority is to continue to work with partners to resolve this problem I would like thank our fantastic staff who are continuing to work so hard to get the site back to normal.

And I also thank all our customers and others for their messages of support, and for bearing with us at this time.

– Lee Averies, MD Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd

Waste company goes into administration after fire

The fire burned for eight weeks rom July to August Credit: ITV News West Country

A waste recycling company in Swindon has gone into administration following a fire that burned for eight weeks in the summer.

The Averies Recycling Ltd had their license revoked by the Environment Agency in November. A public enquiry into the fire at the Marshgate site is due to begin this month.

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Swindon back at the top after 3-0 win at Coventry

Goal-scorer Jon Obika rises high to win the ball at the Ricoh arena Credit: PA

Swindon Town have returned to the top of League One after a convincing 3-0 win at Coventry.

Andy Williams headed Town in front in the eighth minute. The in-form striker soon doubled the advantage from the penalty spot, after Louie Thompson was brought down. Jon Obika added the third late in the game.

Swindon Town reach agreement over rent arrears

Swindon Borough Council took legal action to try to recover £50,000 relating to the County Ground. Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

Swindon Town Football Club has come to an agreement with the council over missed rent payments - following a brief court hearing.

The council took legal action to try to recover £50,000 relating to the County Ground.

An arrangement between the two parties was agreed by a judge at Swindon County Court.

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