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Veolia avoids staff walkouts after successful strike negotiations

Waste service firm reaches agreement with GMB union

27 September 2010

Private waste contractor Veolia has avoided mass staff walkouts after successfully settling a contract dispute during strike negotiations.

The GMB Union, which represents municipal workers, confirmed that they would not go through with proposed industrial action after agreeing a deal with the firm.

Veolia employees threatened to strike after the company issued a 90 days notice period of its intention to make staff redundant and then re-employ them on lesser conditions.

The GMB and Veolia issued a joint statement which confirmed they had reached an agreement to avert strike action.

It read: "[Veolia Chief Operating Officer] Tom Spaul gave a personal assurance that no Veolia employee would lose their job.

"In the light of Tom Spaul's intervention the GMB has agreed with immediate effect to lift the threat of any legal or industrial action."

Veolia provides bin collection, recycling and other services to just under 200 UK local authorities. 

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