BIN collectors in Thurrock have voted to strike in a dispute about overtime and their employer’s suspensions procedure.
Members of the Unite union in Thurrock have voted four-to-one in favour of industrial action reports the BBC.
Thurrock Council said it had hoped to avoid strike action and will look to negotiate with union members.
A spokesman said: “We are disappointed by the news and will continue to work with the union in and its members to try and avoid any industrial action that might disrupt the collection of waste and recycling for Thurrock residents.”
The Unite union now has 28 days in which to strike and must give a week’s notice.
The union said it wanted a suspensions process to be fairer and its members are also in dispute about overtime pay.