William Eichler 11 January 2023

Liverpool refuse collection workers prepare to strike

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Members of the union Unite are set to undertake industrial action in a dispute with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Streetscene Services Limited (LSSL) over pay.

The 80 plus workers are principally employed in refuse collection, street cleaning and parks and cemeteries. They will begin industrial action on Monday 23 January and it will end on Saturday 28 January.

The workers are seeking a pay increase of four per cent and an additional £1,000 to offset the cost of living crisis. Many of the roles they undertake are lowly paid, according to the union. For example, refuse drivers, who must hold an HGV licence, are only paid £14.71 an hour. LSSL is officially a private enterprise but it is wholly owned by Liverpool council.

Unite regional officer Brian Troake said: ‘Unite’s members are taking industrial action as a last resort, as LSSL have refused to address their concerns about the decade long pay restraint and the cost of living crisis.

‘Strike action will inevitably cause considerable disruption to refuse collection and other services across Liverpool but this dispute is entirely of LSSL’s own making.’

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