The announcement comes as bin collections strikes are underway today (January 7) and will continue on Monday (January 10) despite the council’s offer of a seven per cent pay increase.
The statement reads, “The GMB Union is demanding a twenty-five per cent increase in pay for drivers. We have offered a seven per cent rise for drivers and a three per cent rise for other South East Environmental Services Limited (SEESL) staff.
“When the council took the service over in 2019 all staff received a four per cent increase in pay. In 2020 pay was increased again, this time by two point seven five per cent. Additionally, there is a national pay award negotiation underway and the current offer is one point seven five per cent.”
“With the above in mind, we believe this latest offer of a seven per cent increase for drivers and three per cent increase for all other SEESL staff is very generous and hope it will be accepted.”
A GMB spokesperson told the Eastbourne Herald yesterday, “Eastbourne’s bin strike is set to go ahead tomorrow after the council issued a ‘misleading’ public statement.
“GMB met with council bosses yesterday (January 6), where they offered drivers approximately £12.30 per hour - a far cry from the drivers’ claim for £13.50 per hour – still considerably lower than the industry standard.
“Instead of waiting for drivers to vote on the new offer, the council made a public statement outlining the deal.”