City bin ser­vice has been mis­man­aged

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Editor, I was sad­dened to read the re­port by Neil Elkes about the coun­cil’s pro­pos­als to cut pay and jobs in the city’s Fleet and Waste man­age­ment ser­vice ( Post, June 29).

In Neil’s ar­ti­cle some vi­tal facts about the ser­vice were miss­ing and there was no real ex­pla­na­tion of why we have got to the point of work­ers feel­ing so strongly that they have voted to strike.

When we had a black bag ser­vice, each refuge wagon had five work­ers. When the new wheelie bins were in­tro­duced this went down to three.

One is the driver, who has to hold an HGV li­cence, and they ma­noeu­vre those large ve­hi­cles in Birmingham’s tight­est spa­ces.

A driver, de­pend­ing on an ap­praisal sys­tem, can earn be­tween £25,000-£31,000 Grade 4. There is then a ‘lead­ing hand’. Their job is to make sure that they are all kept safe.

They are the driver’s eyes at the back and side of the ve­hi­cle. They are in charge of talk­ing to the public and mak­ing sure that peo­ple stay away from the back of the ve­hi­cle.

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