Sat. May 21st, 2022

Residents face having to take household waste to the council itself, as binmen launches another two weeks of strikes

  • Workers from the GMB union have announced two more weeks of strikes in Brighton
  • Refugee workers had launched a two-week strike from October 4 over the conditions
  • But they will now have another two weeks of strike from October 21 despite negotiations
  • Brighton City Council chiefs say talks are ‘ongoing’ and at a ‘sensitive’ stage ‘
  • A council spokesman urged residents to take their household waste to the forefront


Residents are being told to throw their household rubbish out on rubbish and recycling sites after the binmen announced another two weeks of strikes.

Refugee workers in Brighton have announced a further two weeks of strikes from October 21 – prompting council leaders to urge residents to hand in their own rubbish at tips to avoid a congestion in the streets.

The fresh strikes that come after the binmen in the city of Sussex started a two-week walkout on Monday are over complaints that staff are being ‘messed up’ by their managers over guards.

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

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

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

Councilor Mac Cafferty of Brighton and Hove City Council told Brighton Argus that negotiations are ‘ongoing and at a sensitive stage’.

Residents are being told to throw their household rubbish out on rubbish and recycling sites after the binmen announced another two weeks of strikes. Trash cans in Brighton are overcrowded in the middle of a work stack

Refugee workers in Brighton have announced two more weeks of strikes from October 21 - prompting council leaders to urge residents to hand in their own rubbish at tips to avoid congestion in the streets (pictured)

Refugee workers in Brighton have announced two more weeks of strikes from October 21 – prompting council leaders to urge residents to drop off their own rubbish at tips to avoid congestion in the streets (pictured)

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

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

A statement from the local GMB Union (pictured: Binmen from the GMB Union outside Hollingdean Depot) said: 'Update, we can confirm that we have issued further strike dates to Brighton and Hove City Council in our waste recycling disputes and commercial waste service from 21 October for a further 14 days

A statement from the local GMB Union (pictured: Binmen from the GMB Union outside Hollingdean Depot) said: ‘Update, we can confirm that we have issued further strike dates to Brighton and Hove City Council in our waste recycling disputes and commercial waste service from 21 October for a further 14 days

He said: ‘We have participated in conversations as we are eager to listen and ensure that staff concerns are heard. We will help resolve the dispute GMB raises with the employer.

‘In recent weeks, the council’s management has been meeting with GMB representatives, and after a round of negotiations on Tuesday night, the employer came up with a formal offer to GMB to address the issues raised, including roundabouts with trucks being moved.’

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

The spokesman said: ‘We apologize to the residents for the interruption. Residents can dispose of their household waste and recycle at our household waste stations, which are open throughout the strike.

‘Our advice to residents during this period is, where possible, flat boxes, try to minimize waste and rinse and store recycling safely at home.’

GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said: ‘The council has been repeatedly told about service issues and harm to our members and well-being resulting in tampering with well-established rounds and moving HGV drivers outside their own council’s formal procedures, but they ignored complaints from our members and workplace representatives so that they could continue anyway. ‘

The strike in Brighton comes after photos showed cows of people dragging their rubbish bins behind them along residential roads in Welling and Bexleyheath due to a strike in August.

Photographs show queues of people pulling their rubbish bins behind them along residential roads in Welling and Bexleyheath

Photographs show queues of people pulling their rubbish bins behind them along residential roads in Welling and Bexleyheath

The recycling bins in Bexley were abandoned due to a shortage of workers caused by a strike

The recycling bins in Bexley were abandoned due to a shortage of workers caused by a strike

Bexley London Borough Council was forced to set up temporary collection points to contain the rubbish caused by a month-long work strike.

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

Trash cans in Bexley had been in conflict with their employer Serco. Unite, Britain’s leading trade union, said in August that its members had voted in favor of an agreement in principle to end the strikes.

Workers resumed trash assemblies while the agreement was ratified.

The deal included a one-time price of £ 750 for 19 employees, contract changes that reduce pay gaps and steps to prevent ‘weapons’ of the company’s drug and alcohol policies.

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