Strike averted as Bristol Waste staff secure 8.5% pay rise

Over 90 staff will receive increase in their next pay packet.

Potential strike action at Bristol Waste has been averted after recycling workers and drivers accepted an improved pay offer says UNISON today (Tuesday).

Under the deal, the workers, who collect bins, clean the streets and operate household waste and recycling centres, will see their pay rise by 8.5 per cent over 12 months, plus a one-off £500 payment.

Staff will also receive between £2,500 and £3,500 in back pay, as the deal is back dated from November 2022.

UNISON regional organiser John Drake said:

“This has been a long campaign, and our members should be incredibly proud of themselves. They stood strong, with 95% of them willing to take strike action to secure a better deal.

“I’m pleased that Bristol Waste saw sense and were able to avert industrial action by coming back to the table.”