Surrey | Joint Waste Solutions
Amey provides a range of waste and recycling collections and street cleansing services for Joint Waste Solutions, an organisation which manages waste collection for four Surrey councils – Elmbridge, Woking, Surrey Heath and Mole Valley.
Proposed Industrial Action in Surrey August 2022
We are aware of industrial action by the GMB taking place at Surrey Heath and Elmbridge depots. Please see below our statements regarding this industrial action.
For resident information, please visit Bin collection strike action, 21 July 2022 - Joint Waste Solutions
Statement 12th August
"Amey is pleased to confirm that GMB have accepted their above market rate pay offer for waste collection workers in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath, bringing industrial action to a close.
"We’re pleased that from Monday 15th August all waste collection services will return to business as usual, including restoring recycling collections. Our employees are working weekends and overtime to clear the backlog of recycling and gardening waste collections.
"We appreciate that this has been a difficult time for our employees and Surrey residents and would like to thank them for their patience and support during this dispute."
Statement 9th August
“Amey has made a strong revised offer to our employees which is in line with inflation, and above market rates, namely 10% for our waste collection employees and 25% for our HGV2 drivers. We are disappointed that the GMB have taken industrial action without putting this strong offer to a ballot but we are keen to continue discussions with the GMB and hopefully reach a resolution on Thursday.”
Statement 5th August
“We are pleased that the GMB has agreed to take part in discussions with Amey, facilitated by ACAS, to try and bring this industrial action to a close. We hope these discussions will lead to a positive outcome.”
Statement 1st August
"We are disappointed that industrial action is taking place today at our Elmbridge and Surrey Heath depots. The majority of our employees are at work in both depots, however GMB picket line action this morning has effected a number of our collections, which may result in delays. We will endeavour to collect all bins on the usual days, however, recycling and garden waste may be impacted. Residents should refer to the JWS website for further guidance. We can confirm that waste collection services from Woking and Mole Valley are operating as usual.
“We continue to seek dialogue with GMB to reach an appropriate resolution and avert strike action in the coming days.
“As industrial action continues, we’ll continue to support our teams and work with our client to minimise the impact on the local communities.”
Statement 29th July 2022
“We made a revised pay offer on July 27th to waste collection workers in the Mole Valley, Elmbridge, Woking and Surrey Heath depots which was shared with both the GMB and Unite unions. Unite recommended that all their members accept this revised pay offer and have since confirmed that all their members have accepted it. We are disappointed to learn today (Friday 29th) that the GMB have rejected it.
“If strike action takes place in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath from Monday August 1st we are confident that we can minimise impact on local communities wherever possible and will continue to seek engagement with the GMB to find a resolution. Collections will be taking place as normal in Mole Valley and Woking.
“We strongly refute all allegations made by the GMB that we have behaved in any way improperly during these negotiations. Supporting the wellbeing of our employees is always a priority for us.”
Statement 28th July 2022
“We have made a revised pay offer to waste collection workers in the Mole Valley, Elmbridge, Woking and Surrey Heath depots today. The union Unite has responded favourably to the offer and have recommended that their members accept it. We wait to hear from the GMB. We are hopeful that we are moving forward and continue to seek dialogue with the unions but if the GMB does press ahead with the proposed strike action in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath, we have plans in place to minimise the impact on local communities wherever possible.”
Statement 22nd July 2022
“We are extremely disappointed that the GMB have decided to call strike action for waste collection workers in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath. Currently GMB are asking for a pay increase of 28%. Our pay offer of 4.21% is in line with the Real Living Wage and that being accepted by other comparable workers across the country and elsewhere in the Surrey area. We are having really constructive conversations with another union regarding the same pay deal and continue to invite GMB to the table to continue negotiations with them.
“We are continuing to explore every avenue to avoid strike action taking place, including discussing conciliation with ACAS. If the union does press ahead with the proposed action, we have plans in place to minimise the impact on local communities wherever possible.”