Trowbridge refuse collectors vote for strike action

Refuse collectors in part of Wiltshire have voted to hold a 24-hour strike on Monday in a dispute over pay.

The members of the GMB union are employed by FCC Environment and collect waste in Trowbridge.

Carole Vallelly, from the GMB, said: "We want to have negotiations with them - they've told us there are no negotiations, there's no pay rise."

FCC Environment said it would meet with the union for talks.

A spokesperson for the company said: "It is disappointing that the union ballot resulted in the decision to take strike action.

"We would be happy to meet with the union to discuss the situation, agree a way forward and avoid strike action."

Ms Vallelly said the trade union had wanted talks but had not been contacted by the firm.

The strike is due to last 24 hours, followed by an overtime ban for the rest of the week.

FCC Environmental Services has a £2.2m contract to remove and recycle waste for Wiltshire Council.

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