September Strikes At Keir Refuse Services In Kings Lynn And West Norfolk As GMB Members Vote For Action In Pay Dispute
We remain committed to talk further with the company who need to heed this overwhelming vote for action and move improve the offer and address the other concerns of members says GMB
GMB members employed by Kier Refuse Services in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in a dispute over pay and other matters. The employer has been notified that there will be a half day strike on Thursday 4th September followed by a full day strike on Wednesday 10th September.
These members are employed by Kier on a contract providing waste and recycling services for Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.
The company has made a final offer of 1.75% over 15 months in response to a claim for 4% over 12 months.
GMB is involved in a separate dispute with Kier Group across the UK over their failure to compensate workers they blacklisted. Documents in the High Court show that Keir Group provided information to the blacklisting body the Consulting Association on 229 workers.
Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. 7 are from Norfolk.
Kier is one of eight construction firms including Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC that announced that after talks on a compensation scheme broke down with GMB that they are unilaterally going ahead with a compensation offer.
GMB consider that a compensation offer of between £15m and £20m is grossly inadequate for firms with pre-tax profits of £1.04 billion who have to own up, clean up and pay up. and until they do so they should get no more work. Kier has already lost a buildings maintenance contract in Islington over failure to settle the compensation issue.
Glenn Holdom, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB members have voted overwhelmingly to take action to secure a pay offer that reflect the effort put in by them to fulfil the conditions of the contract.
The company offer of 1.75% over a 15 month period is not acceptable to our members and they view this as the straw that has broken the camel’s back.
There have been a number of aggravating issues on this contract such as round imbalances, increased working hours and level of agency staff being used since the TUPE transfer from Veolia in April 2013.
In addition Kier were asked to negotiate an improvement to company sick pay but there has been no response to this.
GMB remain committed to talk further with the company to avoid regrettable disruption to the service our members provide. The company need to heed this overwhelming vote for action and move improve the offer and address the other concerns of members.”
Contact Glenn Holdom 07974 251 723 or 01603 626492 or GMB press office 07974 251823 or 07921 289880