Newham bin collection workers to strike over pay

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Drivers and loaders in Newham will stage a week-long strike in a dispute over pay.

The strike is set to take place from 27 August to 3 September after Unite members voted 99% in favour of industrial action.

Unite is demanding a 'significant' pay increase for its members, warning the cost of living crisis means the workers face an 'impending financial emergency', and argues members are paid less than those in similar jobs in neighbouring boroughs.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members are essential for keeping the streets of Newham clean. It’s wrong that they are paid almost £2,000 less than workers in neighbouring councils.”

Steve Edwards, Unite regional officer, said: “Newham Borough Council still have time to avoid a bin strike during one of London’s hottest summers.”

Newham Council said it is committed to "a review of overtime rates and allowances" during ongoing talks with Unite, but said it is "bound by the national pay mechanism".

“While not agreed yet, the national pay offer is looking to be favourable for staff in the waste and recycling service," a council spokesperson told ITV News.

“The salary negotiation offer that the council has put forward would increase the salary of operatives by 9.7% to £25,212 and for drivers by 7.6% to £31,731."

This comes as London gets ready for further strike action across national rail networks, London Underground, Overground, TfL buses, and Royal Mail in the coming weeks.

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