Unite members in Cheshire, employed by the UK’s leading waste management provider, Veolia Environmental Services UK Ltd, have overwhelmingly voted for strike action and action short of a strike, including an overtime ban, in their dispute over unpaid shifts.

Workers at the Ditton Road Widnes site are employed on a contract of any five shifts from seven. However, drivers are not being paid if they work a sixth shift in a seven day period.

78.3 per cent voted in favour of strike action and action short of strike on a turnout of 92 per cent.

Unite is calling on Veolia management to enter into serious negotiations to avert strike action.

Unite regional officer Steven Gerrard said: “The massive vote in favour of strike action by Unite members sends a clear message to Veolia bosses that they must now come up with a reasonable proposal to resolve this dispute.

“If strike action takes place then this could have a serious impact on rubbish collections from a number of well-known high street brands including McDonalds, Boots, Wetherspoons and Asda.

“This situation simply cannot continue. Unite is calling for genuine and serious talks with Veolia management to avert strike action going ahead.”

Plans are now underway with our members to agree dates for action to commence, however Unite is committed to doing all within its power to resolve this dispute and will remain open to negotiations with Veolia management.


For more information please contact Unite regional officer Steve Gerrard on 07798 531 015 or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.