Around 108,000 homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf could soon be left without bin collections, after workers overwhelmingly voted to strike over pay.

The vote, by GMB Union members working in RCT County Borough Council's recycling and waste department, saw 95 percent support taking industrial action.

The strike has been called over a 2011 job evaluation scheme - which determines the value of different jobs within an organisation - which GMB said "short-changes" staff for their work.

Gareth Morgans, the union's regional organiser, said: "This group of workers has been grossly underpaid ever since a job evaluation in 2011.   

“The pandemic and current cost of living crisis have brought this to the fore and GMB members are clearly saying enough is enough.   

“We are fed up of being the poor relations in comparison to their counterparts in neighbouring local authorities.   


"Although talks have commenced to try and find a resolution to this dispute, the result of the ballot means that the clock is now ticking to find a solution and the patience of our members is finite.   

“The ball is RCTCBC’s court.

"We call on the newly elected Labour Group to show leadership and offer fair remuneration for frontline workers - particularly those who worked through the pandemic who put themselves and their families at risk, keeping vital services operating."

People employed by local authorities in Wales and across the UK have faced a string of below-inflation pay rises.

This year, council staff received a pay rise of 1.75 percent.

The rate of inflation - which measures rises in the cost of living - hit a 40-year high of nine percent last week, as energy and food prices continue to surge.

GMB Union claims that local government staff have seen their wages cut by around 25 percent over the past decade.