A hundred jobs under threat at Viridor MBT plants in Greater Manchester

Around 100 staff working in Viridor’s Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities across Greater Manchester face losing their jobs as the waste management company looks to make cutbacks, it has been reported.

According to a report in the Manchester Evening News published on Thursday (30 November), Viridor has informed staff that it is looking to serve up to 100 redundancies across a number of its MBT facilities in the area, an ambition that was confirmed by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), the group tasked with managing Greater Manchester’s waste.

a spokesperson for the GMWDA assured that the group’s acquisition of Viridor Laing “does not impact on the Viridor job roles” reported to be at risk, adding: “Following the conclusion of the Greater Manchester PFI Waste and Recycling contract on 29 September, we can confirm that we have started our dialogue with Viridor Waste (Greater Manchester) Ltd (VWGM) regarding operational changes to be delivered during the interim contract period up until the start of the new contracts.

“For GMWDA to realise further required savings and to address the technical and operational challenges some changes need to be made to the current operational facilities. These will focus on the MBT facilities with AD and improving recycling levels at household waste recycling centres (HWRC). Both will be implemented over the next 18 months.

“VWGM have held briefing sessions with trade unions and core staff operating the MBT facilities with AD. GMWDA is committed to an open dialogue with VWGM to support staff and a formal consultation process via VWGM will commence in January 2018.

“We believe that potentially around 100 roles would be affected by these changes, and we are committed to working with Viridor and the trade unions on implementing policies that aim to reduce the impact on existing staffing members as much as possible. Redeployment and voluntary redundancy policies and options will be fully deployed.”