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Doncaster bin collections face disruption for a month

Bin collections in Doncaster face disruption for a month after members of the Unite union voted to strike over pay.

Union members working for Sita UK will strike on six days and do no overtime between Friday and Monday 15 October.

Chris Weldon of Unite said the workers were only asking for the same wages that others get for doing the same job.

Nick Browning of Sita UK said: "We cannot justify increasing the offer of 1.7% that we have made nationally."

Mr Browning, the company's general manager, said the union had asked for an "unreasonable" average pay increase of 13%.

'Fair share'

"Our colleagues in Doncaster already benefit from good terms and conditions," he added.

Mr Weldon said the union wanted parity with bin workers doing the same job in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire.

He said those workers earned £1 an hour more than his members in Doncaster and also worked for Sita UK.

"We're not talking telephone numbers, all we want is a fair share for our members," he added.

According to Mr Weldon the union's pay demand would take a loader's wage to about £7.50 an hour in Doncaster.

He said the union was willing to negotiate but "when you've got an employer that won't negotiate with you, the guys have got to take the action".

Mr Browning said the company was doing what it could "to resolve this situation".

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