Eastbourne and Wealden bin men consider strike action


Bin men in Eastbourne and Wealden could go on strike in a dispute over pay.

UNISON members at East Sussex Waste Partnership said they have been forced to consider both legal and strike action after employer Kier Environmental Services reneged on their pay agreement.

Kier Environmental runs waste services in Eastbourne, Wealden, Rother and Hastings.

As the largest union for waste and recycling operatives in Wealden, UNISON negotiated a 2.2 per cent pay increase with the backdated lump sum to be paid in January 2015.

Kelly Hannah-Rogers, area organiser said, “This was in exchange for the operatives working bank holidays- starting with the Christmas 2014 period. Workers were therefore shocked and dismayed to find that despite working the arranged bank holidays, Kier has failed to pay workers the agreed sum.

“It really is the last straw for this group of workers. This latest decision by Kier follows a catalogue of poor treatment towards long serving staff.

“Since the outsourcing of the waste contract in April 2013, staff have had to chase on basic entitlements such as access to a pay slip and being paid correctly. These issues have been raised with Wealden’s elected councillors in the hope that someone will take responsibility for such bad practices in the borough”.

UNISON said Kier have now moved to employ new staff below the Living Wage.

The Herald has contacted Kier Environmental, Eastbourne Borough Council and Wealden District Council for a comment.