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REGIONAL


GMB secures highest pay rise for refuse workers in the UK


After a hard-fought campaign, GMB has finally secured a 3.5% pay rise for refuse workers employed by Veolia in Shef ield. Most UK refuse workers have had to


endure pay freezes because municipal waste contracts are tied to local government settlements. Shef ield City Council, however, is one of the few local authorities that actually paid a local government rise of £250 to workers on less than £21,000 per year in 2011. Yet Veolia did nothing to match this contribution. Peter Davies, GMB organiser, said: “This


was good news, because it meant that we could negotiate with Veolia on a local basis... We now need to look at what is happening with our members’ pay in Chesterfield.”


Fair pay


For whom the bell tolls


New memorial bell marks minute’s silence for Workers’ Memorial Day


GMB Regional Secretary, Tim Roache and health and safety of icer, Colin Kirkham, led a minute’s silence with a new memorial bell at GMB’s regional of ice. Staff , of icers and REC members joined them to pay their respects to the two


million workers around the world who die every year due to work-related accidents and diseases. Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, a day when unions, safety campaigners, workers and their families across the globe hold events and demonstrations and a host of other activities. As well as remembering the dead, the day reminds us that workplace-related deaths can be prevented.


Tim Roache said: “We wanted to show our respect and remember all those people around the world who had lost their lives while at work, and the erecting of a


MEMORIAL MASTERS Colin Kirkham and Tim Roache.


memorial bell and plaque seemed to be a fitting tribute. It’s an event that we intend to hold every year at our regional of ice in Wakefield.”


Elsewhere in the region…


Rugby match marks memorial


GMB branch members from Keighley and Airedale General Branch, attended a match between Keighley Cougars and Shef ield Eagles to highlight the importance of Workers’ Memorial Day. Taking place the weekend before the memorial day itself, it enabled the branch to raise awareness about the day and what it represents. Branch secretary, Lou Foster-Wilson, said:


“It was a great success, we got the word out to many who were not aware that there was a Workers’ Memorial Day and at the same time highlighted that the government is playing a dangerous game slashing what they call health and safety ‘red tape’, but which is actually there to save lives.”


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RAISING AWARENESS Michelle Bateson and Lou Foster-Wilson.


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