Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Bin Strikes: Thurrock Tories condemn “disgusting” strike action and slam Labour

THURROCK Conservatives condemns the “disgusting” news that strike action has been called by Unite Union.

Thurrock Conservative Leader Rob Gledhill said, “This is pure political manoeuvring by the Union during an election period. They continue to scaremonger by saying the Council are putting in spy cameras and nothing can be further from the truth. These cameras are industry standard cameras put in to protect the workers and residents and have been on the vehicles for years.

“The Council has no interest in spying on the workforce or the public, the Union have been made aware of this and as ever, show no desire to listen but to make political manoeuvres.

“The sweeper system they describe as a mess was put in last May to improve overall performance, something both Unite and the workers all unanimously voted for. I am sure residents will be disgusted that the weekly bin collections they pay for will be disrupted because the union thinks putting their members residents safety first and new working procedures they backed are good reasons to strike.

We know the local Labour Party have been actively helped by Unite in the upcoming elections and timing a three day strike for the week of the elections is pure political opportunism. So I am sure as residents find out the reality of why their weekly bin collections are disrupted they will see this action for what it is.

I now call on both the leaders of the other two political parties in Thurrock to stand with Thurrock Conservatives in supporting our boroughs residents, to denounce this strike for what it is and back our call for Unite along with their members to end this strike immediately before even one bin collection is missed.”

Cllr Aaron Watkins, Environment Portfolio Holder said. “I am disappointed it has come to this. Unite scaremongering is going to cause nothing but disruption for our residents in Thurrock. I can’t understand why the message can’t get through to Unite, they are not spy cameras. They are not spying on workers or the public, they are there to protect the public and staff.

“I hope this issue can be resolved without needing to strike but a message to Unite, it is Thurrock residents you are affecting. End this nonsense, sit down and lets get this resolved.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. For starters the creation of the sweeper system has failed us, too many bins being missed, many as a result of the crews running out of time, as the system allows just one day for each designated area, before moving the next day to the next designated area.

    The other week with bins being missed due to the weather it was 3 weeks before the brown bins to be emptied, as they doubled up to get rid of all the general and recycled rubbish in the second week.

    Now the Tories are making a political issue, I bet there have been many gripes throughout the year, ignored by the Council.

  2. Look let’s have it right, if you’re not doing anything wrong then there shouldn’t be an issue with cameras on lorries, if there was an accident the union would be up in arms so would health and safety.
    HOWEVER! The Refuse dept have held us public residents ( who contribute to their wages) to ransom for the last 5 years they want more money but doing less Work! But who is looking at the management and senior management of the waste Dept? In the real world these people refusing to complete work they are tasked to do would face DISPLINARY ACTION! Starting with a WARNING! It seems to me that the management are SCARED to manage these people or issue them with a notice that you will change their contract……AND FOLLOW IT THROUGH! THEY KNOW YOUNARE WEAK! It’s plain to see by a member of the public! And if management don’t manage then disaplinary action for them too! Till you get it right!

  3. Look let’s have it right, if you’re not doing anything wrong then there shouldn’t be an issue with cameras on lorries, if there was an accident the union would be up in arms so would health and safety.
    HOWEVER! The Refuse dept have held us public residents ( who contribute to their wages) to ransom for the last 5 years they want more money but doing less Work! But who is looking at the management and senior management of the waste Dept? In the real world these people refusing to complete work they are tasked to do would face DISPLINARY ACTION! Starting with a WARNING! It seems to me that the management are SCARED to manage these people or issue them with a notice that you will change their contract……AND FOLLOW IT THROUGH! THEY KNOW YOUNARE WEAK! It’s plain to see by a member of the public! And if management don’t manage then disaplinary action for them too! Till you get it right!

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