South London refuse workers dispute settled

South London refuse workers dispute settled

16 July 2013

Refuse collection workers in Bromley and Croydon have accepted an improved pay offer and called off their planned strike action, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 16 July). 

Following talks under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas, Unite has reached agreement with Veolia, the highly profitable French company, on the pay claim for this year and also for 2014.

Three days of strike action had been planned for next week, but this has now been called off.
The settlement is 2.25 per cent this year, backdated to November in Bromley and January in Croydon.  A total of 2.25 per cent will be paid for 2014. In addition, there will be an increase in paid sick leave and an additional day’s annual leave.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "It is disappointing that the employers did not feel that their hard working employees were worth a pay rise that met the cost of living.

“However, I congratulate workers at Veolia in Croydon and Bromley who have stood together and won an improved pay award. Let us not forget that in Croydon the opening offer was zero per cent.

“There is a lesson here - without Unite, there would have been no improved pay offer. In this case, the members chose to fight and ultimately it was the members who decided to accept the improved offer. My congratulations again to the members and their local representatives"

Unite represents 126 refuse collectors in Bromley and more than 100 in Croydon, and had pinpointed the 20 per cent increase in profits reported by Veolia. 


For further information please contact Onay Kasab on 07771 818637 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.