Fears Brighton and Hove bin workers may ‘take action’ over latest rounds problem

The Argus: Last year's bin strike saw litter strewn across Brighton and Hove Last year's bin strike saw litter strewn across Brighton and Hove

Refuse workers could “take action” if the current bin crisis is not resolved, a union has revealed.

Council bosses have admitted there are outstanding recycling and rubbish collections after some residents complained of bins not being emptied for nearly a month.

But according to Brighton and Hove branch secretary for GMB Mark Turner, requests from the union to meet council managers and address the problem have been ignored.


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Mr Turner claimed four crews were unable to go out on rounds yesterday because of a shortage of vehicles – and warned it would not get better anytime soon.

He said: “The round reorganisation is not working.

“I asked to meet the strategic director but they do not agree there is a crisis as we call it.

“Our members are taking a lot of criticism from the public and elsewhere and no one is coming out and defending the workforce.

“We are getting close to critical and our members are getting very frustrated. We might have to consult them on taking action.”

A council spokeswoman admitted vehicles were sometimes off the roads for “a range of different reasons”

but staff tried to get them fixed and back out again as quickly as possible.

She added there was “regular and open dialogue” with unions and the council was continuing to make “adjustments” to the service.

The council took “the recent disruption to the waste collection and recycling service very seriously”.

She said: “The council’s refuse and recycling teams are working hard to catch up with missed collections and we apologise for the frustration this has caused some residents over the Christmas and new year period.”

Last year refuse workers walked out following a dispute with the council over pay.

Sandra Codrington had rubbish piling up outside her block of flats for nearly a month, just metres away from council offices in Grand Avenue, Hove.

She said: “We were on our fourth week before it was collected.”

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12:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

Could that "action" include emptying the bins?
Could that "action" include emptying the bins? Crystal Ball

12:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

onlyme says...

so they are thinking of going out on strike again..... surely that is going to make the situation worse not help it!


being a little cynical - is it just to squeeze out some more bonus money!
so they are thinking of going out on strike again..... surely that is going to make the situation worse not help it! being a little cynical - is it just to squeeze out some more bonus money! onlyme

12:59pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Who does Mark Turner think he is? The strategic director he wants to meet (Geoff Raw - £125k salary) is a very busy and important man. You can't possibly expect Geoff to drop everything and meet to try and resolve the mess that he's created!
Who does Mark Turner think he is? The strategic director he wants to meet (Geoff Raw - £125k salary) is a very busy and important man. You can't possibly expect Geoff to drop everything and meet to try and resolve the mess that he's created! Quiterie

1:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Fight_Back says...

So as usual council officers bury their heads in the sand while the situation gets worse and worse. This is NOT the fault of the front line staff and one has to ask when Geoff Raw will eventually exit his ivory tower and actually make a personal public statement - surely £125k of taxpayers money ensures he does that ?
So as usual council officers bury their heads in the sand while the situation gets worse and worse. This is NOT the fault of the front line staff and one has to ask when Geoff Raw will eventually exit his ivory tower and actually make a personal public statement - surely £125k of taxpayers money ensures he does that ? Fight_Back

3:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Richada says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Could that "action" include emptying the bins?
We should be so lucky!

More seriously, how on earth has it taken so long for this to "come to a head"?

Proof, as if it were neaded, that we coucil tax payers are completely disregarded by those paid to provide essential services.
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Could that "action" include emptying the bins?[/p][/quote]We should be so lucky! More seriously, how on earth has it taken so long for this to "come to a head"? Proof, as if it were neaded, that we coucil tax payers are completely disregarded by those paid to provide essential services. Richada

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