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Bristol refuse workers win 6.2 per cent pay rise

REFUSE workers in Bristol are celebrating victory after winning a 6.2 per cent pay increase.

Staff employed by Bristol Waste, a company owned by Bristol Council, have accepted the two-year deal.

The agreement amounts to wage increases of around £1,400 a year – almost double the employer’s original pay proposal.

Unite said the original below-inflation proposal was even “sweetened” by management with an offer of free tickets to a pantomime.

The union said it mounted a “sustained campaign” to improve the deal, including by recruitment of new union members.

Unite regional officer Ken Fish said: “A sustained campaign by workers turned a pantomime drama into a pay victory.

“The organising campaign at Bristol Waste helped workers secure an inflation beating pay increase worth around £1,400, almost double the company’s original pay offer.

“The deal shows that when workers get organised they can win in the workplace.”

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