Laura Sharman 07 December 2020

Sandwell's outsourced refuse workers secure back pay deal

Sandwells outsourced refuse workers secure back pay deal image

Refuse workers in Sandwell are set to receive substantial back pay following intervention by trade union Unite.

The 40 outsourced workers, employed by employment agency Templink for the council's outsourced contract, were being paid less than permanent staff.

The workers will now receive back pay of between £2,000 and £7,000 and will also receive a substantial increase in their hourly rate.

Unite regional officer, Simon O’Keeffe, said: 'The agency workers undertake exactly the same roles as permanent staff and they deserve to receive the same rates of pay.

'This victory demonstrates what can be achieved if agency workers get organised – securing a level playing field and winning fair pay can be obtained.'

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One year on, councils will be central to recovery

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.
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