THE union representing refuse collectors and street cleaners in Ealing is locked in a pay dispute with the council.

GMB says an offer from Ealing Council and Greener Ealing Ltd is no nearer, though the employers say talks are continuing and they remain hopeful of a resolution.

Now, the union is turning its fire on the council leader, Cllr Peter Mason, who received a pay increase of £25,000 in May, they say.

Keith Williams, the union’s London Region Senior Organiser, said: “For [him] to have received a 70.9% pay increase while failing to successfully fund its trading company, to allow for a pay offer for hard-working and loyal staff, is disgraceful and [shows] a lack of respect.

“The leader has, however, managed to be generous and find almost £20,000 for the cabinet member responsible for Greener Ealing Ltd, if not the Greener Ealing workers.

“These clear double standards cannot be tolerated and GMB demands the leader ensures Greener Ealing Ltd puts forward a decent and credible pay offer as a matter of urgency.”

A council spokesperson said: “Ealing Council and our delivery partner Greener Ealing are in continued negotiations with GMB to come up with the best possible package of support for our front-line environmental services staff.

“Meetings have taken place this week, with further meetings scheduled for next week.

“In May 2022, members allowances were reviewed for all councillors. This was the first substantive review since 2006, and it follows the recommendations of the London Independent Remuneration Panel.

“These changes reflect the increased expectations and demands placed on the leadership, governance and quasi-judicial functions that modern local government expects of its elected officials.

“The scheme continues to reflect the public-spirited nature of elected office, with all rates of allowance either being set at or below the amounts recommended by the panel.”