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Strike Ballot At Mid Sussex

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ballot For Industrial Action At Serco Refuse, Recycling And Street Cleansing Services In Mid Sussex In Pay Dispute

We assure residents that GMB remains committed to further talks with the company to settle this matter to avoid any disruption to the service members provide says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff employed by contractors working for the public sector, is to ballot 40 members employed by SERCO on a Mid-Sussex District Council contract for refuse, recycling and street cleansing in a pay dispute.

The ballot for industrial action opens on 12th in September. Members have rejected another below inflation 1% pay award from the company through the National NJC pay review. If the members vote for action then strike action on October 14th is likely.

Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser, said  “The ballot for action is because the offer of a 1% rise in the light of recent cost of living increase and low pay awards over the past few years have resulted in our members seeing their standard of living drop at an alarming rate.  Disappointingly this has left them with no other option but to take this type of action to protect the well being of their families.

Regrettably for residents in and around Haywards Heath and Mid Sussex if SERCO do not seek to increase their current offer they will see services withdrawn on October 14th should the members ultimately vote to take strike action.

Serco need to be mindful of the possible ramifications for residents themselves and look to do the right thing.

Serco should to put an additional offer on the table above the current national 1% award in recognition of the continuous good work and high service delivery standard carried out by staff. Due to our members hard work Mid Sussex has become a very a profitable and successful contract for them.

I can assure residents that GMB remain committed to further talks with the company to settle this matter to everyone’s satisfaction and to avoid any disruption to the good service our members provide on a regular basis. But that ultimately only Serco can look to take up and positively instigate developments for further discussion in the hope that our members can step back from what could be a winter of industrial unrest and disruption, if no agreement can be found."


Contact: Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552165950, Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860 787973 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977 518042 or GMB press office 07921 289880


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