Brighton residents urged to take rubbish to the dump amid bin strike

Brighton residents urged to take rubbish to the dump amid bin strike

Residents face having to take household rubbish to council tips THEMSELVES as binmen launch two more weeks of strikes

  • Workers from GMB union have announced further fortnight of strikes in Brighton
  • Refuse workers had launched a two week strike from October 4 over conditions
  • But they will now have a further two week strike from October 21 despite talks
  • Bosses at Brighton City Council say talks are ‘ongoing’ and at a ‘sensitive’ stage’
  • Council spokesperson urged residents to take their household rubbish to the tip 

Residents are being told to dump off their household rubbish at waste and recycling sites after binmen announced a further fortnight of strikes.

Refuse workers in Brighton have announced two more weeks of strikes from October 21 – sparking council chiefs to urge residents to drop off their own rubbish at tips to avoid a pile-up in the streets.

The fresh strikes, which come after binmen in the Sussex city started a two week walkout on Monday, are over complaints that staff are being ‘messed around’ by their managers over shifts.  

Talks between the council and the GMB union, whose members are organising the strikes, have been held this week.

But little progress has been made and rubbish is starting to pile up in the streets.

In a statement on the local GMB union page, it said: ‘Update we can confirm we have issued further strike dates to Brighton and Hove city council in our disputes in the refuse recycling and commercial waste service from the 21st of October for a further 14 days.’

Councillor Mac Cafferty, from Brighton and Hove City Council, told the Brighton Argus that talks are ‘ongoing and at a sensitive stage’.

Residents are being told to dump off their household rubbish at waste and recycling sites after binmen announced a further fortnight of strikes. Bins in Brighton are overflowing amid the refuse worker strike

Refuse workers in Brighton have announced two more weeks of strikes from October 21 – sparking council chiefs to urge residents to drop off their own rubbish at tips to avoid a pile-up in the streets (pictured)

Talks between the council and the GMB Union (pictured: Binemen at a picket line outside Hollingdean Depot in Brighton), whose members are organising the strikes, have been held this week. But little progress has been made and rubbish is starting to pile up in the streets

In a statement on the local GMB Union (pictured: Binmen from the GMB union outside Hollingdean Depot) page, it said: ‘Update we can confirm we have issued further strike dates to Brighton and Hove city council in our disputes in the refuse recycling and commercial waste service from the 21st of October for a further 14 days’ 

 He said: ‘We have attended talks as we are keen to listen and ensure concerns of staff are heard. We want to help resolve the dispute raised by the GMB with the employer.

‘For the past few weeks, council management have been meeting with GMB representatives and, following a round of talks on Tuesday night, the employer made a formal offer to the GMB to address the issues being raised, including bin lorry rounds being moved.’

Meanwhile a council spokesperson urged residents to take their rubbish to local tips.

The spokesperson said: ‘We apologise to residents for the disruption. Residents can get rid of their household waste and recycling at our Household Waste Recycling Sites, which are open throughout the strike.

‘Our advice to residents during this time is wherever possible please flatten boxes, try to minimise waste and rinse and store recycling safely at home.’

GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said: ‘The council have been told time and time again about the service issues and detriment to our members and well-being resulting around tinkering with well-established rounds and moving of HGV drivers outside of their own council formal procedures, yet they ignored our members and workplace reps’ complaints allowing it to go on anyway.’

The strike in Brighton comes after pictures showed queues of people dragging their bins behind them along residential streets in Welling and Bexleyheath due to a strike in August.

Photographs show queues of people dragging their bins behind them along residential streets in Welling and Bexleyheath

The recycling bins in Bexley were left to overflow amid a shortage of workers caused by a strike

Bexley London Borough Council was forced to set up temporary collection points to stem the backlog of rubbish caused by a month-long workers’ strike.

More than ’31 tonnes of paper and more than 27 tonnes of plastic’ were collected during a five-hour window. 

Bin collectors in Bexley had been in a dispute with their employer Serco. Unite, the UK’s leading union, said in August that its members had voted in favour of a deal in principle to end the strikes.

Workers resumed bin collections while the deal was ratified. 

The deal included a one off £750 payment for 19 staff, contract changes that will reduce pay disparities and steps to prevent the ‘weaponization’ of the company’s drug and alcohol policy. 

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