Council sorry for disruption of bin strikes
BIRMINGHAM’S bins chief has apologised to residents for the disruption caused by a series of strikes – but defended the controversial overhaul of the service which led to the dispute.
Strategic director responsible for refuse collection Jacqui Kennedy also asked residents to assist the service, by trying to reduce waste or if they are desperate to take their bags to the tip.
Binmen walked out last Friday for a half-day strike in protest at changes to their working patterns, including loss of overtime and the loss of 113 supervisor roles – to be replaced with lower grade staff.
There are five further two-hour walkouts planned over the next month. The council says it needs to make the service more efficient and save £5.2 million in overtime and agency staff costs and the dis- pute shows no sign of resolution.
Ms Kennedy said: “I understand why the industrial action over the future of waste collection services in Birmingham is causing concern for many people – as collecting bins is the most visible way the council serves its citizens. If and when industrial action does take place, we have plans to make sure any uncollected waste is picked up as quickly as possible.”