UNISON Northern Ireland


In the midst of a cost of living crisis Bryson Recycling have made a pay offer that does not come close to the rate of inflation.

Workers employed by Bryson Recycling who provide recycling services on behalf of local councils already earn far below that of their counterparts who are directly employed by local councils or other operators. They worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with no recognition payment unlike other similar operators and now their employer has rewarded that commitment and loyalty by making a pay offer that for some workers won’t meet the expected National Living Wage of £10.42 from April 2023.

Louise O’Hara, UNISON Regional Organiser said, “UNISON members at Bryson Recycling have delivered a resounding rejection of the employer’s offer with 100% voting to reject. The workers want to be paid at least as much as others working for similar employers. That is not an unreasonable demand. It’s time that Bryson Recycling prioritise their workforce by making a significantly improved offer or risk significant service disruption”.

UNISON members voted overwhelmingly in support of industrial action up to and including strike action to improve the offer in an indicative ballot. UNISON remains available for talks with Bryson Recycling management to resolve this dispute. We call on those local councils who use these services to use their influence to ensure these workers are properly remunerated for the essential work that they do.