More than 150 Bexley refuse workers have called off five days of strike action, due to have started tomorrow (Thursday 30 July), after voting to accept a revised pay deal from outsourcing giant Serco, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 29 July).

Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon said: “Our members have voted to accept a revised pay offer from their employer Serco and, as a result, they have called off their five days of strike action that was due to have started tomorrow and run into next week.

“I would like to thank our members for the solidarity they have shown during this dispute that predates the lockdown in March.

“We have made significant progress on the pay issue and other matters, such as health & safety improvements, but the campaign is not over as Bexley council is currently considering whether to award the contract to Serco for a further five years up to 2025.

“We believe that the contract should come back in-house as the best solution for the residents of Bexley and our members, and Unite will be campaigning to that end as councillors gear up to make that decision this autumn.”

The main elements of the deal that were accepted include:

  • £10.25 an hour minimum rate, backdated to 1 April this year

  • 2.75 per cent pay rise for everyone already above the minimum rate, pending the outcome of national negotiations

  • full sick pay, with no three day wait, for every worker

  • a manager alleged to have bullied workers over a period of time is no longer at the site

  • a commitment on health & safety improvements.


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