Further strike action announced by Unite the Union
South Ayrshire Council is working to minimise disruption to service when further strike action in relation to waste collections begins next week.
Unite the Union has advised South Ayrshire Council there will be one 30 minute stoppage per shift from Monday 8 August to Monday 24 October. This means a total possible stoppage of one hour per working day.
To minimise the impact of this, the Council is putting arrangements in place for any sections of collection routes missed to be visited within 48 hours, so residents can have confidence their bins will be emptied at the earliest opportunity.
Residents should put their bins out for collection as usual – not too heavy and with bin lids closed – by 6am on the scheduled collection day. If their part of the route is missed, the bins should be left out for uplift.
If the bin has not been emptied within 48 hours, it should then be reported to the Council by calling 0300 123 0900 or at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/report-missed-bin and action will be taken to pick it up as soon as possible.
This latest action by Unite follows a recent ballot which saw just 38 union members vote to continue with the strike – around 25% of the overall waste management workforce.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder, said: "This latest action is clearly not supported by the majority of our workforce and I hope this is reflected in practice next week. The new working arrangements have been in place since the beginning of April and, since the last strike action ended on 5 June, they have been working well and our staff have been getting on with their jobs effectively.
"I'm sure the public – who are the ones that are essentially being held to ransom and will suffer as a result of any action – will struggle to see why this further action is necessary with things going so smoothly over the past two months.
"We are determined that disruption to residents is kept to a minimum and the operational arrangements being put in place will ensure any missed bins are emptied quickly and I thank our residents for their co-operation."
Mike Newall, Head of Neighbourhood Services added: "We'll be working to maintain service delivery as much as possible during this next phase of strike action and I can reassure our residents and customers that we're doing everything we can to ensure any 'missed' bins will be picked up within 48 hours.
"For that reason, we're asking residents not to report missed bins until after the 48 hour window as passed, so we can better allocate our limited available resources to areas where bins have been missed despite a crew being out at that location.
"We will continue to maintain constructive dialogue with Unite the Union during this action and, in the meantime, the patience and cooperation of the South Ayrshire public is very much appreciated."
Any resident with excess household waste can take it to one of our household waste recycling centres at Ayr, Maybole, Troon and Girvan. For more information, recycling centre opening times and to see the FAQs go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/waste or call 0300 123 0900.