City bin service has been mismanaged
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.