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Doncaster bin workers to go on indefinite strike in pay dispute

Refuse collectors in Doncaster have voted to take indefinite strike action after workers rejected a pay deal.

Unite union members have already taken part in a number of days of industrial action in a dispute with their employer Sita UK over pay parity.

The union is seeking the same rate of pay as refuse workers in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, who work for the same company.

Sita UK said it could not increase its national offer of a 1.7% pay rise.

Doncaster Council said it had been notified that continuous strike action was due to start on Tuesday, 2 October. This is in addition to the strike days on Friday, 28 September and Monday, 1 October.

Chris Weldon, of Unite, said Sita had offered a "self-financing bonus scheme" that would see pay increase if workers improved the efficiency of the collection and reduced the number of refuse wagons used.

Mr Weldon said the workers rejected this as "it would mean redundancies".

Doncaster Council's assistant director of environment, Gill Gillies, said: "We will continue to work closely with Sita to put plans in place to manage essential waste collections while strike action is taking place."

Speaking last week, Nick Browning, Sita UK's general manager, said the union had asked for an "unreasonable" average pay increase of 13%.

Mr Weldon said 100 workers would be involved in the industrial action, which starts on Friday, 28 September.

The union said it planned to picket two depots in the town.

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