As you may be aware, North Norfolk Labour Party has been offering the GMB union support over a local dispute with Kier. The company employs refuse collection staff for Tory-run North Norfolk District Council. The GMB have a number of grievances with Kier over working conditions, and have been pushing for parity of pay with colleagues in King’s Lynn.
At its AGM last night the party heard from GMB regional officer Ivan Mercer, who explained in further detail why they were threatening strike action. We have since learned that members of the GMB have accepted a new offer from Kier, and will now continue discussions over conditions for its workers.
Stephen Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, today said: “We congratulate the GMB and its members on securing a good pay deal for refuse collectors in North Norfolk. The deal represents a testament to collective action and the solidarity of workers through their trade union in pursuit of common aims, in this instance pay parity with refuse collectors in Kings Lynn.
“North Norfolk residents will be pleased that their excellent refuse collection service will now not be disrupted and pleased that their valued bin collectors who work long hours in all weathers will now be better paid.
“North Norfolk Labour Party has supported the GMB and its members throughout the dispute and we look forward to improved working relations at Kier. We will continue to work with other trade unions to ensure better pay and conditions for workers across North Norfolk where low pay and job insecurity are rife.
“We hope that the GMB’s victory will encourage more workers to join unions and stand together for fairer working lives. And we will push North Norfolk District Council to be a better employer and a better contractor promoting the Living Wage and decent working conditions. We fully support the GMB’s fight for a national £10 an hour minimum wage.”
Our thanks go to David Russell, North Norfolk Labour’s Trade Union Liaison Officer, for assisting with this campaign.