Pay rises for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff after review

Released: Friday, 25 February 2022

A review of staff pay, terms and conditions and working environments will lead to more money for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff.

Adur & Worthing Councils has been looking at the issue since October 2021, working with staff and UNISON to ensure our teams get a fair deal.

The first phase of that review has now been completed. Although base pay was already comparable to that of other local authorities, the review recommends that every one of the jobs looked at should be moved up a grade on the Councils' pay band scale or paid a market supplement of £2,000 a year for at least two years. The changes reflect additional responsibilities, the need for more flexible working, and in the case of market supplements the recruitment challenges for specialist roles.

Each member of staff who is being regraded will move to their new band, which includes a pay rise, on 2nd March 2022. They will then get further pay rises on 1st September this year and then on 1st April 2023 - worth a total of at least 6%.

These increases are separate to a cost-of-living salary increase which is currently being negotiated nationally for council staff.

Of the 109 posts in the Councils' refuse, recycling and cleansing department that have been reviewed, 65 will be moved up a grade and a further 40 will get an annual market supplement of £2,000 until at least October 2023 - the equivalent of a pay rise of at least 8.1%. Four more will get both an annual market supplement of £2,000 until at least October 2023 and be moved up a grade.

An Adur & Worthing Councils' spokesperson said:

“We're grateful to our staff and to UNISON, the recognised union, for helping us to carry out this review, which will lead to substantial pay rises for our frontline teams over the next year.

“We hope they and the unions will continue to share their ideas for how we can make the service better both for them and residents.”

Adur & Worthing Councils' review is continuing, including work to rebalance refuse and recycling rounds to deal with the demands of new housing. Staff are being offered the opportunity to gain an HGV driving qualification while there will also continue to be discussions about ways to improve the working environment.

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