GMB members reject pay offer from Keir May Gurney

North Somerset CouncilGMB members employed by Keir May Gurney on the refuse and recycling contract for North Somerset Council are being balloted for strike action over pay.

When the council’s most recent offer was rejected by 90% of workers, the employer told them it was its final offer.

GMB regional officer Adie Baker said: “GMB is disappointed that Kier May Gurney has failed to listen to the overwhelming rejection of the pay offer by GMB members. We do not accept them holding our members responsible for the fact that they took on a contract that they are now claiming is losing money.

“The company has also failed to address the substantial differences in pay rates between the staff at the recycling centres and that of the refuse and green waste collection staff.

“We will know the outcome of the ballot at the end of the month.”

GMB is already in dispute with Kier over blacklisting at least 155 construction workers. Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists.

GMB held a protest demonstration at the company offices in Sandy, Bedfordshire in October to shame Paul McCreath, Human Resources Director and Kathy Almansoor, Group Employee Relations Manager for their part in blacklisting.

Paul McCreath was Human Resources Operations Manager for HBG Construction / BAM from 1998 until 2009 and Kathy Almansoor has been Group Employee Relations Manager at Kier since 2002. Paul McCreath is now Human Resources Director at Kier Group having been with them since 2009. They have yet to come clean and apologise for their part in the hurt and damage caused by their current and former employers who were involved in blacklisting at least 155 workers.

 


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