BREAKING NEWS: Deal halts West Norfolk bin workers’ strike action

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A strike by West Norfolk’s bin workers planned for tomorrow, Thursday, September 4, has been called off after an agreement was reached between the employers and union leaders.

Officials from the GMB union have confirmed a deal was struck between them and Kier Refuse Services, who provide waste and recycling cover for West Norfolk Council, following talks in Lynn yesterday.

Regional organiser Glenn Holdom said the agreement was put to members this morning, who accepted it and agreed to suspend the action planned for Thursday and next Wednesday, September 10.

He added: “That’s what we all wanted at the end of the day.”

The union claims to have agreed a three per cent pay rise for its workers, backdated to April 1. They had initially called for a four per cent increase, while the employers only offered 1.75 per cent.

Mr Holdom said the company had also agreed to hold talks on improvements to sick pay within the next month, as well as addressing other issues.

Although there is a possibility the action could be reinstated if details of the agreement are not confirmed, Mr Holdom said that was “unlikely.”

A Kier spokesman said: “Throughout this process we have remained committed to finding an amicable solution through open dialogue with the GMB, and we are very pleased that these negotiations have succeeded in reaching a mutually agreed conclusion and avoided the use of industrial action.”