With no end in sight to the ongoing dispute between the city’s refuse workers and the city council, industrial action looks set to continue.

At the moment, Unite union members are striking for 3 separate hours every week day until 21st September – with trips to and from base each time, plus returning for breaks, it is likely a large portion of their working day will be affected.

Striking ’til Christmas?

And with no agreement yet reached between council and union bosses, Unite members will be balloted on further strike action next week, with the ballot closing on 31st August.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said that: “[…] a renewed industrial action mandate could see this dispute continuing up to Christmas.”

3 week collection plan

Over the last 3 weeks, council bosses have directed fleet and waste staff to abandon their regular schedule, instead focusing on selected wards each week – collecting as much household, recycling and extra bags as possible – in a bid to reduce the backlog that has built up on the streets.

This plan is set to continue while the effects of industrial action are still being felt.

A new 3 week cycle begins tomorrow (Monday 14th August) with the following wards planned to receive collections:

WEEK ONE COLLECTIONS  Commencing Mon 14th Aug
  • Acocks Green
  • Bartley Green
  • Brandwood
  • Handsworth Wood
  • Hodge Hill
  • Kingstanding
  • Ladywood
  • Moseley & Kings Heath
  • Northfield
  • Quinton
  • Soho
  • Sutton Four Oaks
  • Sutton Trinity
  • Washwood Heath

If you live in any of the wards above, your are asked to leave your bins out ready for collection for the coming week. Wards for the following week will be shown on the council website by next weekend. If you’re unsure which ward you live in, enter your postcode at www.birmingham.gov.uk.

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