Strike: bin collections to come a week late

Thurrock Gazette: Rubbish will be collected a week late for some households in Thurrock but the council is unable to say which Rubbish will be collected a week late for some households in Thurrock but the council is unable to say which

RUBBISH collections will be taken a day late for some households because of a public sector strike - but the council doesn’t know which.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union, GMB, the National Union of Teachers, the Public and Commercial Services Union, Unison and Unite will stage a national walkout on Thursday, affecting council services.

They are striking against performance-related pay, pension cuts and what they perceive to be the running down of public services.

This will lead to some rubbish collections taking place the following week instead, though a council spokesman said the authority would not know which households would be affected until the strike had started.

He said: “We will try to keep disruption to a minimum but it will not be possible to provide some services, such as household waste and recycling collections.

“Bagged side waste, for households affected, will be taken on the next collection day - Thursday 17 July.

“In some cases we will not know how a service will be affected until the day of the strike.

“We are planning around this to ensure essential services continue.”

Unite regional officer Paul Travers said members were striking over “poverty pay” and an “insulting” offer of a one per cent pay increase.

He said: “Our members in Thurrock have endured four years of pay cuts in real terms and they have now voted overwhelmingly to strike tomorrow to drive home the message to ministers that ‘poverty pay’ in local government must end.”

However Thurrock Conservatives deputy leader Rob Gledhill said the strike was causing unnecessary disruption for working people.

He said: “This not only affects people’s rubbish collections but also mums who have to stay at home to look after their children who aren’t in school because teachers are striking over a one per cent pay increase cap.

“There are private sector workers out there who haven’t had a pay increase at all or have even had a pay cut but whenever public sector workers get a pay increase, that has to come from somewhere, and that’s the taxpayer’s pocket.”

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3:14pm Tue 8 Jul 14

fryerdons says...

I like how the Councillors make these comments but the men and woman striking they are doing it for a good reason some of these workers have worked really hard for years to ensure services run as smoothly and efficiently as possible and they are insulted by a 1 per cent pay rise for all there hard work, its about time the Councillors realised this and support there work force as without the workers there would be no services.
I like how the Councillors make these comments but the men and woman striking they are doing it for a good reason some of these workers have worked really hard for years to ensure services run as smoothly and efficiently as possible and they are insulted by a 1 per cent pay rise for all there hard work, its about time the Councillors realised this and support there work force as without the workers there would be no services. fryerdons
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5:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

woodsider says...

striking is from another age and really unfair on those not in the public sector who dare not strike. I and my partner work 21 hrs a day between us for 14 hrs pay in private companies. I havent had more than a 1% pay rise for many years, My pension has been cut but my contributions have been increased. This is the norm for private sector workers. We dare not strike because we wouldnt meet our objectives and so be at risk of being 'managed out'.
striking is from another age and really unfair on those not in the public sector who dare not strike. I and my partner work 21 hrs a day between us for 14 hrs pay in private companies. I havent had more than a 1% pay rise for many years, My pension has been cut but my contributions have been increased. This is the norm for private sector workers. We dare not strike because we wouldnt meet our objectives and so be at risk of being 'managed out'. woodsider
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9:58am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sugarman says...

If you think this is bad, it'll be even worse when they go over to a two weekly collection and charge for garden refuse - just encourages people to fly-tip.
If you think this is bad, it'll be even worse when they go over to a two weekly collection and charge for garden refuse - just encourages people to fly-tip. Sugarman
  • Score: 0

9:24am Thu 10 Jul 14

OckendonPaul says...

So is it a week late or a day? When playtime is over maybe the Gazette reporter can get it right...
So is it a week late or a day? When playtime is over maybe the Gazette reporter can get it right... OckendonPaul
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2:38pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Sugarman says...

My Friday collection happened so it seems it was just the Thursday collection that was disrupted.
My Friday collection happened so it seems it was just the Thursday collection that was disrupted. Sugarman
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