Council outlines contingencies for industrial action

By on 16/12/2010 in News

Ahead of potential industrial action across the festive period by the Trade Unions, Birmingham City Council's Fleet and Waste Management service has outlined its contingency plans to try and keep disruption to a minimum.

This comes after the Trade Unions indicated an indefinite ‘Work-to-rule’ beginning Saturday 18th December and a 24-hour strike on Monday 20th December.

– All five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will operate to extended opening hours from Monday 20th Dec, providing dedicated facilities for the disposal of domestic, recycling, garden, bulky and mixed waste. The HRCs are located at:

  • Tameside Drive, Castle Bromwich, B35 7AG
  • Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, B30 3JJ
  • Holford Drive, Perry Barr, B42 2TU
  • Norris Way, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7BB
  • James Road, Tyseley, B11 2BA

Opening Hours 8am - 9pm (every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

To view locations on a map click here

– No scheduled black bag or clinical waste collections on Monday 20th December- residents should place bags at the edge of their property on Tuesday 21st instead, for collection over the following few days

– Possible reduced scheduled collections of black bags on the Bank Holidays (27th and 28th Dec and 3rd Jan) - if waste is not collected residents should leave bags at edge of their property to be collected over the following few days.

– No recyclable waste collections on 20thDecember, or the Bank Holidays (27th, 28th Dec or 3rd Jan) - residents should take waste to their local Household Recycling Centre or wait for their next scheduled collection date.

–  No bulky waste collections due to the industrial action until further notice

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said: “We are disappointed that the Unions have placed us and the people of Birmingham in this position, especially at this time of year.

Working with our staff and contractors we will do all we can to keep the impact upon residents to a minimum, but unfortunately some level of disruption to the service is sadly inevitable.

“We'd therefore ask members of the public to be patient and work with us to ensure we can keep the streets as safe and clean as possible.

“We also stress that less than a quarter of permanent staff voted in favour of strike action in the recent ballots, and only three out of four unions are implementing it.”


Notes for Editors

Ballot figures supplied to BCC by the Unions show 204/850 permanent staff voted in favour of the action.

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