THURROCK Council is putting contingency plans in place to deal with household waste collections and minimise disruption for residents “caused” by strike action taken by Unite the Union members in Clean and Green, Highways, Fleet and Waste teams over the next three weeks.
Unite the Union have informed the council that their members will be on strike from 9am every working day between Tuesday 13 April and Friday 7 May. This means they will be working less than half of their normal collection day which starts at 6am. During that time the council will try to ensure one full round of household waste collections will still take place every day.
The council intends to prioritise the collection of general waste, including food waste, to minimise the impact of the strike for residents and ensure that the most unpleasant waste which can cause an odour and attract wildlife is collected regularly. This applies to all households in Thurrock including low and high-rise blocks with communal bin stores.
During this time:
collection of general household waste in the green or grey bin will be prioritised
residents should put all food waste and smaller items of garden waste in with general waste
recycling will not be collected and residents are asked to rinse out and compress recycling as much as they can in the blue recycling bin to ensure recycling waste is contained as much as possible
residents should present their household waste on their normal day of the week for collection
Thurrock Council remains extremely disappointed that Unite the Union is taking its members out on this unnecessary, disruptive and potentially damaging and costly action. Discussions are still ongoing with all three Trade Unions and directly with staff. It urges trade union officials to play a more meaningful role in the ongoing formal consultation process on proposed changes instead. Continued claims that the council is reducing annual salaries are simply untrue.
Further updates will be provided to residents each week.