WE CAN CONFIRM THAT STRIKE ACTION BY SOMERSET WASTE COLLECTION CREWS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR TWO WEEKS PENDING A UNION BALLOT.
Talks today between the Unite union and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK — the Council's collections contractor — made progress and the union has agreed to ballot its membership on an improved pay offer.
The strike action that was planned to start on Wednesday (12 July) has been suspended pending the outcome of the ballot and all collections services should be running as normal.
Residents are asked to present their refuse, recycling and garden waste as usual.
There is a chance that tomorrow's services may be compromised to some extent given the late notice regarding industrial action.
Clearly, there is some way to go and the risk of industrial action remains, but the immediate widespread disruption to collections has been avoided.
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