Unite members at Biffa Municipal Limited have today (4 April) confirmed they intend to take seven days of industrial action commencing from Monday 22 April 2019. The workers carry out refuse collection services for the Ynys Mon local authority.

Unite Wales regional officer Paddy McNaught said: “Our members at Biffa Municipal Ltd who work on the Ynys Mon county council contract are in dispute with their employer over pay and conditions. These workers are the lowest paid refuse collectors in Wales. Whilst the loaders are on the minimum wage the drivers are paid just a few pence per hour more.

"Ynys Mon county council head the Welsh recycling and collection statistics and Biffa employees provide an excellent service. It is a disgrace that these hardworking employees are treated in this way whilst council employees in similar grades working direct for the council earn above the foundation living wage. It is completely unacceptable that our members are paid these poverty wages. Many are forced to rely on pay day loans simply to survive.

"Biffa’s failure to improve its pay offer has pushed our members and Unite into a corner. We have no other option left open to us except to take industrial action. Unfortunately the residents of the island will suffer by facing a mountain of uncollected refuse as strike action takes place over the Easter period."

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Notes to editors

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.