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Huntingdonshire bin strikes back on as council refuses to implement agreed pay rise

BIN strikes are back on after a local authority refused to implement its 5 per cent pay rise offer, Unison said today.

Huntingdonshire Council’s refuse, housing and customer services workers will walk out on October 6, followed by an indefinite work to rule from October 9.

Union members earlier this month voted to accept the pay rise — one of three offers made by the council, which then refused to implement the deal and launched an all-staff survey on its offers.

Unison said this was an attempt to undermine collective bargaining. 

Eastern regional organiser Cameron Matthews said: “It's particularly disappointing to see Labour, Lib Dem and Green councillors behaving like this when all three parties have manifesto commitments to greater trade union rights.

“Council bosses can easily avoid industrial action by giving workers the pay rise they’ve agreed to.”

A council statement said talks with Unison over the all-staff ballot are scheduled for October 4.


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