Harlow refuse workers win 10% pay deal after strike threat

Refuse workers in Harlow have called off the threat of strike action after voting today to accept a 10.1% pay rise. The deal means that staff employed by contactor Veolia will also enjoy improved sick pay. It takes drivers’ pay over £15 an hour and loaders up to nearly £13. Veolia had originally offered staff […]

Public and refuse workers in Harlow at risk from poor safety standards, warns UNISON

Refuse workers and the public in Harlow are being put at risk by a slew of safety failures at Veolia’s Mead Park depot, UNISON warns today. Union health and safety reps uncovered a litany of breaches during an inspection this morning (Thursday morning), including faulty emergency stops on at least two vehicles. The essential safety […]

Harlow refuse workers vote for strike action

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Harlow's refuse workers ready for action

Harlow’s refuse workers could strike over pay

Refuse workers in Harlow will vote on strike action after rejecting a pay offer that fails to keep up with the rising cost of living, UNISON announces today. The union has told contractor Veolia that workers at the Mead Park depot will start voting on industrial action unless the firm commits to come to the […]

Multibillion-pound pharmaceutical firm snatches Essex workers’ sick pay, says UNISON

Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare has launched an attack on its staff’s sick pay, overtime rates and other conditions, UNISON reveals today. Hundreds of staff at the firm’s warehouses and offices in Harlow and Derby face losing overtime rates and a move to a six-day working week, which could leave some of them around £2,000 a […]

Harlow’s refuse workers put a stop to bullying

Harlow’s refuse workers are celebrating after contractor Veolia took swift action to address bullying allegations and health and safety concerns at the Mead Park depot. UNISON submitted a collective grievance against the company last week after workers joined together to take action, with UNISON reps taking the problems to Harlow Council on Monday. Since then, […]

Council leaders back Harlow refuse workers

Harlow Council leader Mark Ingall and Danny Purton, the councillor responsible for waste and recycling, expressed their support for outsourced refuse collectors today, who complain about bullying and harassment from local Veolia managers. The Labour councillors backed UNISON’s calls for action to stop the bullying at the Mead Park depot in a meeting with regional […]

Harlow refuse workers threaten industrial action over management bullying

Refuse workers in Essex are threatening strike action after complaining about bullying, threats and safety breaches from private contractor Veolia, UNISON says today. Workers from the Mead Park depot in Harlow unanimously voted for a ballot at a meeting last night after a spate of incidents relating to health and safety and changes imposed without […]

Princess Alexandra Hospital’s move to outsource cleaners is ‘breathtaking,’ says UNISON

Bosses at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow have made the ‘breathtaking’ decision to put their cleaning services out to tender, UNISON says today. The Trust has already begun market testing its domestic and estates services. It is now inviting private companies to bid on running the services and is expected to appoint […]