Over 200 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed by Biffa, on the outsourced Wirral council contract, have secured a 15 per cent pay rise backdated to April 2022.

Class 2 HGV drivers will also see their hourly rates increase by £1.49 on top of the percentage pay increase.

From April 2023, the workers will see their pay increase again by between seven and nine per cent, depending on the RPI rate of inflation. 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is another win for Unite members; this pay increase was won by workers organising in a trade union and standing together for a better deal. 

“Unite the union is doing what it says on the trade union tin – we are delivering jobs, pay and conditions victories for our members. We are winning for workers in the worst cost of living crisis in decades.”

The workers took a number of days of strike action in December. All further scheduled strike action has now been cancelled. 

Unite regional officer John McColl said: “Following renewed negotiations, an improved offer was put forward from Biffa which our members voted to accept. The dispute has now ended and strike action has been cancelled.” 


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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 Sharon Graham.