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 […]

Veolia workers outside the Mead Park depot

Harlow refuse workers call off strikes after improved pay offer

Harlow’s refuse workers have called off summer strike action after employer Veolia improved its pay offer and committed to a new collective agreement. An overwhelming 97% of workers backed walkouts after enduring years of below-inflation deals, including 0% in 2021 and 0.4% in 2020, leaving loaders barely above the legal minimum wage. Workers rejected Veolia’s […]

Harlow refuse workers vote for strike action

Veolia must now come to the negotiating table with an improved

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]