Bexley bin strike picket line (Picture: Twitter/ @UniteLondonEast)

Refuse workers in Bexley, south London, have suspended their strike against bosses at Countrystyle Recycling. The strike was suspended last Thursday and will be off until Friday 19 August. The strike began on 12 July.

The decision to suspend the strike was negotiated in Acas talks between the company and Unite union. Negotiations are ongoing and the strike will continue on Saturday 20 August if a deal hasn’t been reached.

Bosses gamble on rubbish pay offer

Workers at Grosvenor Casino sites in London are being balloted for strikes over a pay offer. The company is offering the increase to the lowest paid staff on the London Living Wage of £11.20 an hour. They have been offered 4.3 percent—but this is a pay cut when RPI is at 11.8 percent. The ballot for Unite union members opens on Tuesday of this week and closes on Tuesday 23 August.

Dock workers want over 5 percent

Unite union members at Felixstowe docks have voted 92 percent for strikes on a turnout of 81 percent. Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company offered workers a 5 percent increase. Last year they received a below inflation increase of 1.4 percent. Unite says strikes could bring Felixstowe to a standstill and cause problems for maritime and road haulage transport.

Wandsworth battle at crucial stage

Traffic wardens in Wandsworth, south London, walked out on Monday—marking their fifteenth day of strikes. The workers, who are members of the GMB union, have been striking for better pay and conditions. They are outsourced to parking giant NSL from the Labour-run council.

Now is the time to increase the pressure on NSL and council bosses. That means more action—and the GMB union have to be ready to support strikers every step of the way.

Vote no to rubbish environment pay

The Unison union’s Environment Agency sector committee has recommended its members reject bosses’ latest pay offer of a 2 percent increase and a one-off payment of £345. That represents a huge pay cut for workers, who have endured years of below inflation pay rises.

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