Coun­cil sorry for dis­rup­tion of bin strikes

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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.”

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