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9 June 2022: Strike Action Cancelled

The Isle of Wight Council is pleased to confirm that following discussions between our waste service provider, Amey, and their employees, the intended strike action will no longer go ahead.

The council and Amey would like to thank their employees for their dedication, especially during the pandemic, and for their open discussions over the past few weeks.

We’d also like to thank residents for their understanding and support.

Council leader, Councillor Lora Peacey Wilcox, said: “I welcome the positive news that there will no longer be any strike action from next week.

"I would also like to thank our crews on the ground for all their hard work that they do, day in and day out. Our residents will also be extremely relieved too!"

Natasha Dix, strategic manager for environment, said: “This is great news that our waste partners Amey and their employees have been able to come to a positive outcome and avoid the need for strike action.

"Our residents have always appreciated the work the crew and drivers do, throughout the pandemic and now.”

9 June 2022: Amey Strike Action

Should Amey staff not accept the pay offer made on the 8 June 2022, the proposed strike action by Amey employees is due to start Monday 13 June. This may be for a two-week period up until Sunday 26 June. This will involve Amey staff who are GMB members and not the whole workforce.

This week (Monday 6 to Friday the 10 June) all waste collection services will operate as normal. Please continue to put your bins/sacks out on your scheduled normal collection days. Further updates on the bin strike will be on our website and through social media as soon as possible. The Isle of Wight Council waste services play a critical role on the island for residents. The council will continue to support our residents and customers during this period. We will provide timely and up to date information throughout.

Amey understand that delivering waste services is essential to our householders and environment. Amey will be making sure there will be minimal disruption to your waste services. Amey are also supporting their staff through this period of potential strike action.

The proposed strike action is about pay. This is an issue for Amey to resolve with their employees. Amey will continue to talk with their employees to avoid or stop strike action as soon as possible.

The recycling centres are open as normal and will remain open. Residents should continue to book their tip visits via the online booking page If you are visiting the tip we ask that you are kind and patient with staff.

The employees working at these sites have chosen to not strike. Staff will be working as hard as possible to make sure you can tip your waste and recycling during the intended strike action and beyond. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time.

8 June 2022: Amey staff pay offer

Following the news of strike action, our recycling and waste service provider Amey has continued positive discussion with its employees.

Amey is committed to supporting their people and minimising any planned disruption to Island residents' waste and recycling services over the next two weeks.

Amey has offered its employees an adjustment in addition to their April 2022 4.21 per cent pay award, in order to achieve an amicable resolution and avert the need for strike action.

The Isle of Wight Council is working with Amey to make sure there is minimal impact to all our recycling and waste services across the Island should their workforce continue to pursue strike action.

Amey thank residents and their employees on the Island for their continued support and patience.