The Eastbourne bin strike is set to spread across Sussex as GMB Union launched a consultative ballot for drivers in Adur and Worthing, GMB Union has confirmed.
After the third day of industrial action which took place yesterday (10th January) in Eastbourne, it was announced that further strike dates are to go ahead between 14th-28th January in dispute over pay and working conditions, this will see up to 50,000 households affected. Meanwhile a consultative ballot for refuse collectors in nearby Adur and Worthing will close on 19 January.
GMB refuse collectors in Brighton successfully won improved pay, terms and conditions after a long-running strike at the end of last year.
GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said workers on the south coast feel angry and unappreciated.
“They do a dirty and difficult job and should get the respect and pay they deserve.”
“No-one seems to notice refuse collectors until they find their streets strewn with rubbish. Unfortunately, that’s what is about to happen.”
“Adur and Worthing council would do well to listen to the concerns of our members, rather than fight the inevitable like neighbouring Eastbourne Council.”