First bin collection in two weeks causes stink

Residents complained of rubbish piling up in the heat as a result of the strike

Residents complained of rubbish piling up in the heat as a result of the strike

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PUBLIC sector workers went on strike across Thurrock last Thursday - meaning bins were collected for the first time in two weeks this week.

Members of Unite, Unison, the Public and Commercial Services Union, the National Union of Teachers and GMB picketed in heavy rain at Thurrock Civic Offices, Grays and the borough council’s Curzon Drive depot.

Some went to to rallies in Chelmsford and Southend.

The strike meant bins were not emptied on Thursday, making today’s collection the first in two weeks formost residents.

Caroline Penfold, 50, of Danbury Crescent, South Ockendon, said she worried about pests.

She added: “All my bins are full and I’ve got two bags on top of one and another on the floor.

“By the time they come to pick them up, we’re going to have rats, mice and foxes digging into the bags, not to mention maggots, with the hot weather.”

A total of 62 staff walked out, but Michelle Bradley, Unison organiser for Thurrock, said some had chosen not to man the picket lines.

She added: “In today’s world, going out on a picket line isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea and the weather wasn’t kind today, so we said to people, just not coming into work it enough say the pay offer we’ve received is not good enough.”

Twelve schools were closed as a result of the strike, with a further nine only partially open, while Blackshots, Tilbury and Stanford-le-Hope libraries were also closed.

A council spokesman described disruption as minimal, mainly because it had made contingency plans.

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4:01pm Sat 19 Jul 14

babyblueeyes says...

I moved from south ockendon to Rayleigh last year where council tax is a lot higher and you only get 2 week bin collections for recycling and household waste.
The binmen are very fussy and won't empty your bin if the lid is even slightly open .so for a family of 5 with dirty nappies being disposed of we had to try and recycle more and not chuck the odd food bit in the bin because of the smell and so we don't have to chuck the black sacks out so often .
We do use the biodegradable bags instead which I might add are not free here either so think yourself lucky This only happened once and isn't a regular thing .
I moved from south ockendon to Rayleigh last year where council tax is a lot higher and you only get 2 week bin collections for recycling and household waste. The binmen are very fussy and won't empty your bin if the lid is even slightly open .so for a family of 5 with dirty nappies being disposed of we had to try and recycle more and not chuck the odd food bit in the bin because of the smell and so we don't have to chuck the black sacks out so often . We do use the biodegradable bags instead which I might add are not free here either so think yourself lucky This only happened once and isn't a regular thing . babyblueeyes
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1:43am Sun 20 Jul 14

smallal says...

Whilst it is an inconvenience for the customers I would like to congratulate Thurrock Council for not giving in (as they have done so many times before). In the past they have simply paid overtime to clear the backlog with weekend working, meaning the binmen actually end up earning more by striking. This time they are out of pocket!
Whilst it is an inconvenience for the customers I would like to congratulate Thurrock Council for not giving in (as they have done so many times before). In the past they have simply paid overtime to clear the backlog with weekend working, meaning the binmen actually end up earning more by striking. This time they are out of pocket! smallal
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