Unite union calls four-week strike action

  • Scheduled to begin on Monday 25 September until Sunday 22 October  
  • Strike will affect Newham Council’s waste and recycling services   
  • Council in negotiation with Unite to avert strikes
  • Measures put in place to help residents, including borough-wide temporary rubbish drop-off sites 

Unite the union has informed Newham Council that its members will go on strike for up to four weeks, from Monday 25 September until Sunday 22 October. The strike action will affect the Council’s waste and recycling services and relates to a national pay dispute.

A Council spokesperson commented: 

“We are disappointed to confirm that as part of an ongoing national pay dispute with the whole of local government, Unite has provisionally scheduled continuous industrial action in Newham. This will take place from Monday 25 September through to and including Sunday 22 October. The planned month-long strike will involve Council officers working in our waste and recycling services team.

“We know this will cause real disruption for our residents and local businesses. We will be meeting with Unite in the coming days to discuss if there is any way to avoid this local planned action. Alongside, we will be putting in place a range of measures to keep our borough clean including setting up temporary refuse drop off sites, supporting residents to reduce household waste and taking steps to crack down on illegal fly tipping.

“We will share regular updates as the situation continues, including where additional support is available to help residents."

Published: 15 Sep 2023