Mole Valley bin collectors suspend industrial action
RUBBISH collectors and truck drivers have suspended industrial action to reopen negotiations.
Staff at Biffa, which collects waste under a contract with Mole Valley District Council, are angry about the "inadequate" pay increase they have been offered.
As well as three 24-hour stoppages in recent weeks, union members put a ban on overtime and were following a "work-to-rule" policy – meaning they did the bare minimum required by their contracts.
However, at a meeting on Saturday Unite union members voted to reopen pay negotiations with company chiefs with the help of ACAS, an independent negotiating body.
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Biffa director Roger Edwards said: "At last we have some positive news, and hopefully this means the dispute can be brought to a speedy end.
"Some staff rejected Biffa's reasonable and fair pay offer on the grounds that it was unsuitable for high local living costs.
"That and other related points can now be discussed and, hopefully, resolved with the help of ACAS."
Mr Edwards thanked Mole Valley residents for their "patience and understanding" during the industrial action which caused some disruptions.