A BIN strike is over after refuse workers accepted a pay offer of up to 27 per cent.

Kerbside collections in Wealden will recommence from tomorrow, June 15.

GMB Union members accepted the improved offer from Biffa, which runs the service for Wealden District Council.

Striking workers were demanding better pay ahead of their walk-out planned for Monday, April 25. The strike started a week later on Monday, May 2 after last-minute talks between the council and GMB.

It continued for more than six weeks after initially being set to last two weeks.

The total value of the offer is worth between 24 and 27 per cent, depending on which job workers have. 

The Argus: Pictures during a strike in Adur and WorthingPictures during a strike in Adur and Worthing

Gary Palmer, GMB regional organiser, said: “Our members have successfully earned themselves a massive pay rise, but this is simply just reward for the demanding and very important job that they do every day. 

“Refuse collection is one of the most visible services that a council provides, but it’s also one of the most unappreciated until it stops. 

“We would like to thank the residents of Wealden for their messages of solidarity and support throughout this lengthy dispute. 

The Argus: Striking workers in Eastbourne in JanuaryStriking workers in Eastbourne in January

“This is a massive pay deal and it is testament to their determination and drive of the members, but this journey can be started in any workplace and by any resolute workforce, with the help of the GMB union.”

GMB Union’s initial demand was for pay rises across the service, which would put loaders on £12.50 per hour, LGV drivers on £14.50 per hour and HGV drivers on £17.50 per hour. 

At the end of last month, the strike, which was at Biffa’s depot in Amberstone Road, Hailsham, saw some GMB members arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway.

A Biffa spokesman said: "We're pleased a deal has been accepted and that services will return to normal."

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, said: “It is fantastic news that the bin strike has been resolved, I congratulate all parties for getting back round the table and negotiating this agreement.

"This has been highly disruptive for residents in my constituency and I am glad that services will be resuming from tomorrow.”