Strike action called off after talks

Blaby District Council Bins (1)

The planned three-week strike action by GMB union members has been called off following discussions between GMB officials, the Leader of the Council and senior management.

The GMB union, which had previously announced the strike to take place from 1 August to 18 August, has decided to call off the industrial action after reaching a mutually agreeable resolution with the Council.

The GMB union members, responsible for waste collections and district cleansing had initially planned the strike action in response to a dispute over pay. However, constructive discussions between the GMB representatives and the Council have resulted in an agreement, preventing any potential disruptions to waste collections in the district.

As part of the negotiated agreement, both parties have committed to a series of proactive measures and the following key points have been agreed:

1. Independent Review of Job Evaluation Process
2. Review of Task and Finish Working Arrangements
3. Review of Approach to Bank Holidays

The Council emphasises that negotiation and dialogue have played a pivotal role in achieving this breakthrough with the trade union. The Council expresses its gratitude to all parties involved in the talks for their constructive engagement and cooperative spirit.

The Council wishes to reiterate its appreciation for its workforce delivering these services. The resolution reached is a testament to the value placed on employees and their commitment to delivering exceptional services to the community.

With the strike action now officially called off, waste collection services in Blaby District will continue uninterrupted, providing peace of mind to all residents.

02 August 2023