Strikes by more than 200 Suez workers responsible for emptying bins on behalf of Somerset council have been cancelled after the workers accepted an improved pay offer. 

The workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, voted overwhelmingly to accept a nine per cent pay rise. The company’s original offer was 4.85 per cent.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “When workers stand together in a union they win, as Suez’s Somerset workers have shown. Once again, Unite’s laser focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions has put money into the pockets of our members.”

Unite regional officer Tim Morris said: “This result shows why those looking to improve their wages and working lives should join Unite and get their colleagues to do the same.”

Around 150 Suez workers employed the South Gloucestershire refuse contract remain on all-out indefinite strike over pay.


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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.