Council prepares for industrial action

By on 16/12/2010 in News

A response to claims at a Finance Overview and Scrutiny Committee earlier this week that plans to call upon agency staff to assist the council during proposed industrial action is a step towards privatising the refuse collection service.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: ”In these difficult circumstances the City Council will be making every effort to deliver as normal a service as possible throughout any industrial action.

“The council has developed contingency plans, which mean that in addition to its permanent staff, there are a significant number of agency and 'casual pool' staff we are able to call upon to assist the council to fulfil its statutory obligations under public health and health and safety legislation.

“The City Council has no current plans to outsource the council's Fleet and Waste Management Service.

“Following a review of senior management, Birmingham City Council appointed a senior management team comprising a Director of Fleet and Waste Management and two Assistant Directors.  The senior management team is responsible for managing more than 1,000 people and a budget of over £100million, including refuse collection, street cleansing, graffiti removal, trade waste, recycling, household recycling centres, and engineering support to the city's fleet of vehicles - which equates to approximately 50 million transactions (tasks) per year.

“One Assistant Director has assumed control and leadership of the Operational Services to over 450,000 properties being run out of four depots, (refuse collection rounds, street cleaning and graffiti) and the other Assistant Director is responsible for management of waste strategy, recycling, development of the waste disposal infrastructure and management of the existing waste disposal contract, approximately £35million worth of services.”

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