Special report: More bin misery could be on the cards as union and council clash

Special report: More bin misery could be on the cards

Special report: More bin misery could be on the cards

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Strike action could be taken as the GMB and Brighton and Hove City Council once again come to blows over the issue of bin collection.

After revisions to the service at the end of last year, the ongoing dispute over bin collection and the flood of complaints continues.

The union has warned that unless council chiefs speak to them today they will open a strike ballot.

The GMB issued its ultimatum on Twitter The Sussex branch tweeted: “Today we inform Brighton and Hove City Council our intention to ballot for industrial action on refuse and recycling.

“We have written to the chief executive today and given until Friday to meet or seek resolution before starting the official process.”

It said the reason for the ballot was “the repeated failure to consult with the workforce on the round reorganisation that's causing chaos in the city”.

The branch said workforce morale was “very low” in Brighton and Hove The GMB composed a letter to council chief executive Penny Thompson, outlining its ultimatum.

Mark Turner, Brighton and Hove branch secretary for the GMB, called the current state of collection a “shambles”.

He said the latest disputes have become “the straw that broke the camel’s back” in leading to the strike threat.

He said: “I would ask the chief executive to take a personal interest and to sit down with us and resolve these issues.”

“If we do not have any contact from the council we will start the legal process required for strike action.

“We do not want to do this but something must be done.”

The union believes workers are getting blamed over late collection but have not been given enough bin lorries to cope.

It also believes there has been a lack of consultation about changes being made to the service.

Mr Turner said: “The workforce has faced criticism from the public but it is not to do with them.

“The fact is they are not supported by their own management.”

The union represents more than three hundred workers at Cityclean and strike action last year brought rubbish collection to a total standstill.

Changes were made to the refuse service in October and the GMB argues these left crews “underequipped” and the consistent problem is a “management one, not a workforce one”.

Geoff Raw, executive director for environment, development and housing at the council, said: “The council’s management team has been working closely with staff and their trade union representatives to find a solution that ensures our staff are working safe and manageable shifts under a pay and allowance system that is affordable, consistent and compliant with equal pay legislation.

“We have suggested a number of options, and we will continue to work together with the trade unions to find a deliverable solution and we’ll be meeting with them next week.

“We recognise it has been a difficult year for all concerned.

“We would be very dismayed if residents were to experience further disruption to their refuse and recycling collections at a time when we are all focussed on making sure they have a reliable and consistent service.”

The Argus:

Changes to the service

Changes were made in October last year which the GMB said left the workforce unable to meet the demand. On October 7 five vehicles from the Cityclean fleet were taken off the roads and the rounds were shifted.

From October to March the council also rolled out the new communal recycling scheme with large black bins shared by residents The new communal recycling system has also been affected by the problems with the service, with residents reporting the bins are sometimes left overflowing for weeks without collection.

The city council has a total of 45 vehicles in the fleet and in February the council told The Argus it had purchased new vehicles, with the first two due to be delivered in July and another 11 between September and October.

The vehicles are designed to help alleviate problems with the ageing fleet, which are characterised by vehicle breakdowns leading to backlogged collections.

In February refuse collections were disrupted when Cityclean had eight vehicles out of commission.

Council leader Jason Kitcat, pictured, visited the Cityclean depot in Hollingdean on Wednesday along with Geoff Raw and other council members to discuss the state of the fleet.

Coun Kitcat said: “The meeting at the depot was planned for some time.

Councillors and directors were there to look at our existing vehicle fleet and to get a first hand understanding of how ageing outdated vehicles have been affecting the waste and recycling collection service.

“Cityclean has recently finalised orders for new vehicles which is part of the service improvements we are putting in place to further improve reliability and efficiency.

“Crews will also be able to use mobile technology and speak directly to the contact centre when they encounter problems or residents call in about missed or delayed collections.

“We were all impressed with the work and progress of the staff, particularly given the pressures they have been under.”

The Argus:

Residents are caught in the middle

Residents have been caught in the middle while the council and the union argue over the reasons for the lack of service.

Since changes to the service were made in October bin collections have been reported by residents to be infrequent, inconsistent and sometimes non-existent.

Judi Semus, 51, of Mount Fields in Hollingdean, said: “After missing last week, the recycling around the estate will not be collected until our next official date, and that is next week.

“It is pretty appalling.”

She added that when phoning in a complaint to the council, she was initially told they would be collected by crews clearing the backlog after a problem with the collection vehicles. But she said this did not happen.

Residents have also said they do not receive responses when they issue complaints to Cityclean, only automated replies.

Michael Ott, of Whippingham Road off Elm Grove, reported that his bins were last collected on March 10.

The council advice for missed collections on its website reads: “We are working very hard to catch up on missed collections and really appreciate how difficult this has been for some residents.

“Please be assured we are doing everything we can to get the collections back on track as quickly as possible.

“Our contact centre is receiving lots of calls so we are sorry if you experience a delay in trying to contact us. Your call and feedback is important to us in improving our service.

“If your collection has been missed, please leave your bins out and we will collect them as soon as we can.

“We apologise for the inconvenience.”

Residents said the advice to leave their bins out and wait for collection is often fruitless as days go by and their streets begin to look dirty, smell and the bins encourage vermin.

One Argus website commenter said: “Since the rounds were meddled with I am now faced with guessing which day my recycling is collected.

“The council is expecting the crews to do more with less and they also say it will mean a better service. I don't think so.”

Looking for a new boss

This latest dispute comes as Brighton and Hove City Council announced it is recruiting a new boss for its Cityclean and parks service.

The successful candidate will get a £75,000 a year salary.

The council states it is looking for a confident and credible manager who can bring about change in a fast paced and high profile setting, adding that the ideal person, “will be an experienced professional with exemplary leadership skills, offering a strong track record of performance and resource management, as well as cultural transformation.”

It added: “There is a very real job to be done here, but for the right person, it will be a job they will relish. In return, you will receive considerable support from your peers and have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to delivering the council's objectives.”

The Argus:

Last year’s strike

The streets were piled high with rubbish in June last year when the GMB took strike action against the council in a dispute over pay.

The strike was triggered when the council suspended 11 binmen as a result of unofficial strike action.

In the hot summer sun, piles of waste were left to fester as the council and the union debated further action.

The strike lasted one week and the streets were awash with both rubbish and protesters.

Residents pulled together during the dispute, staging community clean-up efforts.

Eventually the strike was settled after a new pay offer was made to the workers.

Binmen also walked out in 2009 and 2011.

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9:51am Fri 4 Apr 14

Martha Gunn says...

Which side is Lucas on this time?
No word from her.

Remarkable how she goes quiet when something affects her patch.
Or is she too busy with her Luddite campaign to save the planet?
Which side is Lucas on this time? No word from her. Remarkable how she goes quiet when something affects her patch. Or is she too busy with her Luddite campaign to save the planet? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 20

10:30am Fri 4 Apr 14

davyboy says...

Morale is low because the workers are not getting finished early and having to do a full days work! In the past, it was '' job and finish' meaning crews rushed round and got away by lunch time. Nowadays they have to do a full shift, which means that they don't rush, and anything left to do is either done on overtime, or completed next day, which then means other stuff gets left, thus creating a situation where some bins are not collected at all.
Morale is low because the workers are not getting finished early and having to do a full days work! In the past, it was '' job and finish' meaning crews rushed round and got away by lunch time. Nowadays they have to do a full shift, which means that they don't rush, and anything left to do is either done on overtime, or completed next day, which then means other stuff gets left, thus creating a situation where some bins are not collected at all. davyboy
  • Score: 15

10:35am Fri 4 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Which side is Lucas on this time?
No word from her.

Remarkable how she goes quiet when something affects her patch.
Or is she too busy with her Luddite campaign to save the planet?
Leave her alone she is under a lot of workload trying to ban the page three girl in the Sun,hopefully she will fail at that too.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Which side is Lucas on this time? No word from her. Remarkable how she goes quiet when something affects her patch. Or is she too busy with her Luddite campaign to save the planet?[/p][/quote]Leave her alone she is under a lot of workload trying to ban the page three girl in the Sun,hopefully she will fail at that too. clubrob6
  • Score: 11

10:40am Fri 4 Apr 14

Richada says...

About time this was sorted once and for all - and we got what we pay for.
About time this was sorted once and for all - and we got what we pay for. Richada
  • Score: 14

10:44am Fri 4 Apr 14

rayellerton says...

The management have a lot to answer for, especially their inflated salaries...how can we afford to keep paying us and our cronies what we expect? ahh yes...cut the fleet of dustcarts + cut the number of operatives on each wagon, introduce restrictive working practices, plus do away with job and finish...which worked perfectly fine as long as i can remember. Result....the crap waste 'service' we get today
The management have a lot to answer for, especially their inflated salaries...how can we afford to keep paying us and our cronies what we expect? ahh yes...cut the fleet of dustcarts + cut the number of operatives on each wagon, introduce restrictive working practices, plus do away with job and finish...which worked perfectly fine as long as i can remember. Result....the crap waste 'service' we get today rayellerton
  • Score: 11

11:08am Fri 4 Apr 14

Mel Shock says...

please don't blame the workers people it is after all the suits that change their rounds as directed by a computer programme no doubt !! The workers are never considered or they're opinion asked. They do a damned fine job with the tools that they have and could do a better one if given a full compliment of tools !!
Sadly because they are the visible face of the service they get verbally abused, this is not right. If you have issues then write to the council.

Rayellerton - never a truer word spoken
please don't blame the workers people it is after all the suits that change their rounds as directed by a computer programme no doubt !! The workers are never considered or they're opinion asked. They do a damned fine job with the tools that they have and could do a better one if given a full compliment of tools !! Sadly because they are the visible face of the service they get verbally abused, this is not right. If you have issues then write to the council. Rayellerton - never a truer word spoken Mel Shock
  • Score: 6

11:28am Fri 4 Apr 14

Man With No Name says...

davyboy wrote:
Morale is low because the workers are not getting finished early and having to do a full days work! In the past, it was '' job and finish' meaning crews rushed round and got away by lunch time. Nowadays they have to do a full shift, which means that they don't rush, and anything left to do is either done on overtime, or completed next day, which then means other stuff gets left, thus creating a situation where some bins are not collected at all.
Pretty much the same as they have always done, just for more hours a day then?
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: Morale is low because the workers are not getting finished early and having to do a full days work! In the past, it was '' job and finish' meaning crews rushed round and got away by lunch time. Nowadays they have to do a full shift, which means that they don't rush, and anything left to do is either done on overtime, or completed next day, which then means other stuff gets left, thus creating a situation where some bins are not collected at all.[/p][/quote]Pretty much the same as they have always done, just for more hours a day then? Man With No Name
  • Score: 3

11:57am Fri 4 Apr 14

wippasnapper says...

“The repeated failure to consult with the workforce & Tenant representatives”
Yet again B&H City Council are coursing more problems and its not just with the workforce that keep our City running smoothly they are also repeatedly not consulting with tenant representatives of any changes, Tenant representatives that where elected to work on be hath of all tenants in B&H that help keep our homes up-to-date and in good reaper…
It appears under the GREEN run administration and those that kiss **** we the workforce and tenant representatives that work hard for this City are being bushed aside for what they want it’s as if we dote have a say in how our City and housing stock is run anymore, under this GREEN administration we have seen perfectly good land handed over to Brighton University regardless of the fact that we that live and work hear need new homes to live in but this GREEN administration have felt this land would be better be served if given to the University to house its many Students regardless of the fact that nun of them pay council taxes putting an even bigger strain on finesses i.e. more cuts will have to be made to cover the cost of cleaning up but this Green administration keep making cuts that needs more put in than take out let alone reorganizing our services that have run smoothly for many years without there interference.
“The repeated failure to consult with the workforce & Tenant representatives” Yet again B&H City Council are coursing more problems and its not just with the workforce that keep our City running smoothly they are also repeatedly not consulting with tenant representatives of any changes, Tenant representatives that where elected to work on be hath of all tenants in B&H that help keep our homes up-to-date and in good reaper… It appears under the GREEN run administration and those that kiss **** we the workforce and tenant representatives that work hard for this City are being bushed aside for what they want it’s as if we dote have a say in how our City and housing stock is run anymore, under this GREEN administration we have seen perfectly good land handed over to Brighton University regardless of the fact that we that live and work hear need new homes to live in but this GREEN administration have felt this land would be better be served if given to the University to house its many Students regardless of the fact that nun of them pay council taxes putting an even bigger strain on finesses i.e. more cuts will have to be made to cover the cost of cleaning up but this Green administration keep making cuts that needs more put in than take out let alone reorganizing our services that have run smoothly for many years without there interference. wippasnapper
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

FC says...

1) Greens have ruined Brighton
2) The bin men need to understand that every other industry is going through similar changes
3) Unions don't have the interest of their workers at heart any more so of course they'll do anything to make it look like they care, even if it turns the public against the workers
4) Opinion of the workers from the last strike is still very low, especially as they had two days of illegal strikes. Going on strike AGAIN would force people to take matters in to their owns hands; I remember businesses allowing people in the flats above them to put their rubbish in commercial bins. Of course, the bin men screamed "scab" at every chance but really, who cares?
1) Greens have ruined Brighton 2) The bin men need to understand that every other industry is going through similar changes 3) Unions don't have the interest of their workers at heart any more so of course they'll do anything to make it look like they care, even if it turns the public against the workers 4) Opinion of the workers from the last strike is still very low, especially as they had two days of illegal strikes. Going on strike AGAIN would force people to take matters in to their owns hands; I remember businesses allowing people in the flats above them to put their rubbish in commercial bins. Of course, the bin men screamed "scab" at every chance but really, who cares? FC
  • Score: 11

12:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Man With No Name says...

wippasnapper wrote:
“The repeated failure to consult with the workforce & Tenant representatives” Yet again B&H City Council are coursing more problems and its not just with the workforce that keep our City running smoothly they are also repeatedly not consulting with tenant representatives of any changes, Tenant representatives that where elected to work on be hath of all tenants in B&H that help keep our homes up-to-date and in good reaper… It appears under the GREEN run administration and those that kiss **** we the workforce and tenant representatives that work hard for this City are being bushed aside for what they want it’s as if we dote have a say in how our City and housing stock is run anymore, under this GREEN administration we have seen perfectly good land handed over to Brighton University regardless of the fact that we that live and work hear need new homes to live in but this GREEN administration have felt this land would be better be served if given to the University to house its many Students regardless of the fact that nun of them pay council taxes putting an even bigger strain on finesses i.e. more cuts will have to be made to cover the cost of cleaning up but this Green administration keep making cuts that needs more put in than take out let alone reorganizing our services that have run smoothly for many years without there interference.
All you represent is a very poor standard of written English. Is it any wonder that you dont get what you want, the people on the other end probably have no idea what you are talking about? A large chunk of the tenants you apparently represent don't pay Council Tax either so...... Oh, and what does most of what you have written have to do with the bin men anyway?
[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: “The repeated failure to consult with the workforce & Tenant representatives” Yet again B&H City Council are coursing more problems and its not just with the workforce that keep our City running smoothly they are also repeatedly not consulting with tenant representatives of any changes, Tenant representatives that where elected to work on be hath of all tenants in B&H that help keep our homes up-to-date and in good reaper… It appears under the GREEN run administration and those that kiss **** we the workforce and tenant representatives that work hard for this City are being bushed aside for what they want it’s as if we dote have a say in how our City and housing stock is run anymore, under this GREEN administration we have seen perfectly good land handed over to Brighton University regardless of the fact that we that live and work hear need new homes to live in but this GREEN administration have felt this land would be better be served if given to the University to house its many Students regardless of the fact that nun of them pay council taxes putting an even bigger strain on finesses i.e. more cuts will have to be made to cover the cost of cleaning up but this Green administration keep making cuts that needs more put in than take out let alone reorganizing our services that have run smoothly for many years without there interference.[/p][/quote]All you represent is a very poor standard of written English. Is it any wonder that you dont get what you want, the people on the other end probably have no idea what you are talking about? A large chunk of the tenants you apparently represent don't pay Council Tax either so...... Oh, and what does most of what you have written have to do with the bin men anyway? Man With No Name
  • Score: 5

1:36pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Number Six says...

That's a novel way of improving rubbish collection. Don't collect any rubbish
That's a novel way of improving rubbish collection. Don't collect any rubbish Number Six
  • Score: 3

2:03pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

"Brighton and Hove City Council announced it is recruiting a new boss for its Cityclean and parks service" ......£75,000 a year salary.

So, just over half the salary of Geoff Raw who is currently in charge of Cityclean ..... and who hasn't been able to resolve this problem.....

....... somehow I don't think they're going to get too many applicants for that role.......
"Brighton and Hove City Council announced it is recruiting a new boss for its Cityclean and parks service" ......£75,000 a year salary. So, just over half the salary of Geoff Raw who is currently in charge of Cityclean ..... and who hasn't been able to resolve this problem..... ....... somehow I don't think they're going to get too many applicants for that role....... Quiterie
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Fri 4 Apr 14

rayellerton says...

I would love to see a management to operative tree to see how it compares to 20 odd years ago...
I would love to see a management to operative tree to see how it compares to 20 odd years ago... rayellerton
  • Score: 1

4:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Helen Ariel says...

Oh I thought they already were on strike as our bins weren't collected this week!
Oh I thought they already were on strike as our bins weren't collected this week! Helen Ariel
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

hoveherbie says...

Don't blame the bin men. This is what you get when you elect an incompetent inexperienced party to run the council of a thriving city - they are anti business, anti investment, anti car, anti transport subsidies, anti recycling - languishing in the bottom 10 councils in England again for proportion of waste to landfill. They talk about getting the services back to normal - normal for them is well below the standard of pretty much every other council in the South East - still only fortnightly recycling collection, don't take any plastics other than bottles - don't take food or green waste or tetrapak etc etc ? All the London councils do all of these and weekly collections.
Where are their Green credentials?- Too busy yelling about fracking and introducing endless road redesigns designed to halt the flow of traffic and stop even more people from visiting this city. They are strangling the very lifeblood out of this wonderful city - when can we get rid of them??!!
Don't blame the bin men. This is what you get when you elect an incompetent inexperienced party to run the council of a thriving city - they are anti business, anti investment, anti car, anti transport subsidies, anti recycling - languishing in the bottom 10 councils in England again for proportion of waste to landfill. They talk about getting the services back to normal - normal for them is well below the standard of pretty much every other council in the South East - still only fortnightly recycling collection, don't take any plastics other than bottles - don't take food or green waste or tetrapak etc etc ? All the London councils do all of these and weekly collections. Where are their Green credentials?- Too busy yelling about fracking and introducing endless road redesigns designed to halt the flow of traffic and stop even more people from visiting this city. They are strangling the very lifeblood out of this wonderful city - when can we get rid of them??!! hoveherbie
  • Score: 8

6:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Old Ale Man says...

Well done Kittykat cocked up all round. Only 13 months then the Unions puppets will be in charge, expect more of the same.
Well done Kittykat cocked up all round. Only 13 months then the Unions puppets will be in charge, expect more of the same. Old Ale Man
  • Score: 4

6:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ARMANA says...

The bin men have been squeezed for years, as have the Brightons residence, Im paying more money in council tax than ever before, & and Im virtually bringing my bin to the rubbish cart, they miss the collection day regular, and the foxes & seagulls rip open the bags, and the wind blows the rubbish all over the place, all for a bigger profit il bet, some were down the line, give the council hell bin men, more nails in there coffins, I hope,
The bin men have been squeezed for years, as have the Brightons residence, Im paying more money in council tax than ever before, & and Im virtually bringing my bin to the rubbish cart, they miss the collection day regular, and the foxes & seagulls rip open the bags, and the wind blows the rubbish all over the place, all for a bigger profit il bet, some were down the line, give the council hell bin men, more nails in there coffins, I hope, ARMANA
  • Score: 5

7:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

melee says...

What exactly is 'cultural transformation' and what has it got to do with bins?
What exactly is 'cultural transformation' and what has it got to do with bins? melee
  • Score: 1

7:53am Sat 5 Apr 14

madzukun88 says...

Things like this make me so happy that we pay council tax. If those bin men don't want to work on the salaries and hours that they have now, I would be more than happy to fill in for them, they get paid more than I do. You would've thought that with the shortage of well paid jobs nowdays, they would be happy to at least have a job. I know plenty of people who cant even get a minimum wage job, or even one of those £2.65 an hour apprenticeships.
Things like this make me so happy that we pay council tax. If those bin men don't want to work on the salaries and hours that they have now, I would be more than happy to fill in for them, they get paid more than I do. You would've thought that with the shortage of well paid jobs nowdays, they would be happy to at least have a job. I know plenty of people who cant even get a minimum wage job, or even one of those £2.65 an hour apprenticeships. madzukun88
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ARMANA says...

davyboy wrote:
Morale is low because the workers are not getting finished early and having to do a full days work! In the past, it was '' job and finish' meaning crews rushed round and got away by lunch time. Nowadays they have to do a full shift, which means that they don't rush, and anything left to do is either done on overtime, or completed next day, which then means other stuff gets left, thus creating a situation where some bins are not collected at all.
So whats the problem, if you do your days work in half a day, it means you have got your finger out & grafted, a system that worked, the bosses cannot stand to see someone go home early if they have done the bit, if its not broken, don't try to fix it, GREENS OUT IN 2015, Im praying
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: Morale is low because the workers are not getting finished early and having to do a full days work! In the past, it was '' job and finish' meaning crews rushed round and got away by lunch time. Nowadays they have to do a full shift, which means that they don't rush, and anything left to do is either done on overtime, or completed next day, which then means other stuff gets left, thus creating a situation where some bins are not collected at all.[/p][/quote]So whats the problem, if you do your days work in half a day, it means you have got your finger out & grafted, a system that worked, the bosses cannot stand to see someone go home early if they have done the bit, if its not broken, don't try to fix it, GREENS OUT IN 2015, Im praying ARMANA
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Levent says...

And what exactly did you expect from a green council?

Still, the smell from the bins might take away the smell of urine and dogs' mess that now permeates from most Brighton streets, stairwells, alleyways, parks.etc etc.

More of the same please lefties!!
And what exactly did you expect from a green council? Still, the smell from the bins might take away the smell of urine and dogs' mess that now permeates from most Brighton streets, stairwells, alleyways, parks.etc etc. More of the same please lefties!! Levent
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

Richada wrote:
About time this was sorted once and for all - and we got what we pay for.
it will be something like this for some time... look at what the French do to bring misery ..
February " The strike action began on Wednesday night, affecting overnight, international travel and ends on Friday morning.

The rail workers are protesting about a reorganisation of the national rail and train companies. "

Commuters around Paris are expected to be especially hard-hit, with only a third of trains guaranteed to be running.

last month "The strike follows two days of action by air traffic controllers protesting over an EU plan to simplify the continent's patchwork airspace cover . "

Thousands of flights around France were cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday, but air traffic was returning to normal on Thursday.
i find it amazing that the Local council are actually being so "held to ransom " demands SUCH SMALL demands affect the city and then hits tourism and local economies ..SACK the strikers and put in more loyal local people
[quote][p][bold]Richada[/bold] wrote: About time this was sorted once and for all - and we got what we pay for.[/p][/quote]it will be something like this for some time... look at what the French do to bring misery .. February " The strike action began on Wednesday night, affecting overnight, international travel and ends on Friday morning. The rail workers are protesting about a reorganisation of the national rail and train companies. " Commuters around Paris are expected to be especially hard-hit, with only a third of trains guaranteed to be running. last month "The strike follows two days of action by air traffic controllers protesting over an EU plan to simplify the continent's patchwork airspace cover . " Thousands of flights around France were cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday, but air traffic was returning to normal on Thursday. i find it amazing that the Local council are actually being so "held to ransom " demands SUCH SMALL demands affect the city and then hits tourism and local economies ..SACK the strikers and put in more loyal local people Mr chock
  • Score: 0

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