THURROCK Council is disappointed that Unite the Union has confirmed plans to extend its strike action – meaning that no household waste collections are expected to take place between 10 and 28 May.
The extended action will cover the entire working day, meaning striking waste collection crews will not work at all on any weekday during that period, preventing household waste collections from taking place. In previous weeks, striking crews have collected waste between 6am and 9am. This will cease from Monday.
Thurrock Council cannot carry out household waste collections during this period as it is legally prevented from taking on any agency workers to perform the duties of a striking employee.
The council is planning to create additional waste drop-off points across the borough to allow residents to dispose of bagged household waste and prevent it from pilling up. Details about exactly where these sites will be and hours of operation will be released as soon as possible. More information about the existing drop-off points can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/bins-notice.
During the extended strike action residents should:
- not put any bins out for collection
- use waste drop-off points to dispose of the most unpleasant waste, including food waste and smaller items of garden waste
- rinse out and compress recycling as much as possible in the blue recycling bin to ensure recycling waste is contained
Thurrock Council will continue to support those who already receive an assisted waste collection or are not physically able to take waste to a drop-off point themselves. The council remains in discussions with all three Trade Unions, including through meetings facilitated by ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).
More information about the background to the strike action can be found on the news section of the council’s website.