GMB members working for Kier Environmental Services ballot for strike action in East Sussex

broken glass bottleRefuse and recycling workers employed by Kier Environmental Services on the East Sussex Waste Partnership contract are balloting for strike action.

GMB says the company has refused to act on members’  concerns over health and safety,  intimidation and bullying by local managers.

GMB regional organiser Gary Cook said: “GMB told Keir’s Regional Contracts Manager and the HR Business Manager some weeks ago of the concerns of GMB members, the company has not addressed any of the issues in a meaningful manner.

“GMB members are rightly angry at the lack of response and the seeming disregard that Kier management have for the concerns and wellbeing of their staff. This has led them to an overwhelming mandate for GMB to ballot for industrial action.

“As a result of bullying and intimidating attitudes of Kier management a number of GMB members have been signed off sick with stress. Some staff have turned up for work and then had to go home because of the way they get treated.

“Despite agreeing with GMB that the bins used for glass recycling can present a danger from falling glass when lifted, Keir have taken no steps to address this issue which puts both GMB members and general public at risk.”

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