Pay Household Waste Workers a Living Wage



A pay dispute between UNISON and Suez the company that delivers this contracted service is resulting in possible strike action here in Calderdale.

Currently some of the lowest are paid £7.93 per hour – 10p above the minimum wage – but were they employed directly by the Council they would be earning at least the ‘real’ Living Wage rate of £8.75 per hour.

As a living wage accredited employer Calderdale Council must put in place a plan to ensure all its sub-contractors are paid a living wage.

We have therefore written to the Labour administration running Caldedale to ask what plans they had in place with Suez to ensure workers collecting our household waste and recycling are paid the living wage.

If they are serious about paying the living wage then the Labour administration can’t just outsource the work to companies that pay below it.


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