BreakingNEWS: Update bin workers overtime claim

Update: 12 May 2021

In our meeting with the Chief Executive we submitted a new proposal in which we believe will ensure that our members working in Waste & Recycling are paid the fair rate of time and half for working on a Saturday.

We repeated the facts that other Council workers in Libraries, Social Services and the Registrar Service all have local agreements why are the Council refusing the same for Waste & Recycling workers.

Barnet UNISON made it clear that if we don’t have an agreement we are ready to ballot our members.

The Chief Executive said they would need a few days to consider our proposal and we have agreed to a final meeting early next week.

There will be further updates early next week.




Update: Barnet UNISON Bin workers overtime dispute

On Wednesday 12 May at 4 pm Barnet UNISON is meeting with the Chief Executive to try to get the Council to do the right thing and end the unfairness and pay workers the right rate of pay for working overtime.

We have produced our flyer in a number of languages

2021.04.22 W&R Overtime Dispute A5 leaflet Romanian

2021.04.22 W&R Overtime Dispute A5 leaflet portuguese

2021.04.22 W&R Overtime Dispute A5 leaflet Polish

2021.04.22 W&R Overtime Dispute A5 leaflet Hungarian

2021.04.22 W&R Overtime Dispute A5 leaflet english

If we are unable to reach an agreement our internal strike ballot will commence the following day.

For further information you can ring the branch office on 0208 359 2088 or email

You can follow us on Twitter here: @barnet_unison

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Pay slips and the Barnet Council Pension Scheme

Lots of our members have had problems understanding their pay slips and many of our members are not aware of the 50/50 pension options.

We are pleased to announced that Barnet Council have agreed to put on an online meeting for all Street Scene staff to look at:

  1. Understanding your pay slip
  2. The benefits of the Barnet Council Pension Scheme

Date: Tuesday 11 May 6 – 7 pm

To join the meeting simply click on the link below

Join the Pensions and Payroll information webinar on 11 May at 18:00 -19:00


*** Please note this is NOT a UNISON meeting


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Pay Barnet Bin Workers the right rate for the job now!

Dear member

We know that Barnet Bin workers want to be paid the right rate for working on the Green Waste Saturday service.

On 11 February 2021 Barnet UNISON submitted a claim for time and half for working on Green Waste Saturday service for the following reasons:

  1. Street Scene management are currently paying agency workers time and half for working on a Saturday.
  2. Barnet Council has other Council workers who are working time and half on a Saturday and double time on a Sunday.
  3. Street Scene management agree that paying time and half is affordable.
  4. Because the pay is so low a lot of members are already working six days a week for Barnet Council and want to maintain the right to have a weekend off when they choose.
  5. Barnet residents are now paying £70 for green waste collection which is generating millions of pounds to the service.
  6. Waste and Recycling workers have been working throughout the COVID pandemic.
  7. Waste and Recycling workers delivered an excellent service over the Christmas and New Year.
  8. Barnet believes that our members have shown that they can be relied on to work through the pandemic and have delivered through the Christmas and New Year period.
  9. Our members had to be flexible when working around the well documented issues with the last bin collection changes.
  10. Our members had to work around a depot that turned into a building site for almost 12 months due to serious subsidence.
  11. Our members are having to work in a depot that is too small for the number of staff which are now based there.
  12. There are not enough toilets and other welfare facilities in the depot.
  13. Our members are working outside during COVID with nowhere to take breaks due to COVID restrictions.

What do Barnet Council have to say?

On 1 April 2021 Barnet Council responded stating they will only pay time and a half if Bin workers give up their right to a weekend by accepting a change to their contract?

Last year Barnet Bin Workers in a strike ballot voted to reject this proposal to change their contracts.

What are Barnet UNISON doing now?

  • We are organising an informal strike ballot of all of our members working in Waste & Recycling.
  • We have requested an urgent Joint Negotiating Consultative Group (JNCG) meeting with the Chief Executive.

If we do not reach an agreement with the Council at the meeting above Barnet UNISON will have no option but to formally declare a trades dispute and seek support from UNISON National for a legal strike ballot as per our procedures.

We want our members to be treated fairly and with respect.

Keep a look out for news about your ballot paper

*Library workers work every other Saturday and their overtime is contractual. Library workers who work on a Sunday are paid double time and it is not contractual. However there are staff working in social services and the Registrars Service who work Saturday and are paid time and a half and it is not contractual.


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