Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) has been informed of intended strike action by Amey employees working on Surrey Heath’s waste collection and street cleaning services. The strike action is expected to occur between 1st – 19th August.
The action was voted for by GMB union members in a ballot related to pay. Pay negotiations have been ongoing between Amey and the GMB.
SHBC is pressing for further details of the strike action (timings, which days, specific roles) so contingency plans can be implemented. Currently plans have been prepared to cover a number of different scenarios.
Cllr Colin Dougan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community said “It is very disappointing that the GMB and Amey have not been able to come to an agreement on pay and that the GMB have decided to go down the route of strike action.
Our priority is always serving our community. We are working to ensure Amey have contingency plans in place. The contingency plans aim to minimise the impact on residents – but can’t be finalised until the GMB communicate the extent of the strike action.
We will be working hard to protect the core food and waste collection services that our residents most rely on, and to do this we may need to temporarily redirect resources away from other services such as recycling and bulky waste collection and street cleaning.
We are also liaising with Surrey County Council to ensure additional capacity at community recycling centres, should industrial action mean residents wish to visit them more frequently.
I appreciate this is not the service our residents expect, but please be assured that we have done all we can to avoid this industrial action and we will continue to work to mitigate the impact of industrial action as much as possible.
SHBC will communicate with you at all stages during this situation. You will see service updates on our website (surreyheath.gov.uk) and through our Facebook page.
Please do share this information with any neighbours who are not online.