Bath & North East Somerset Council are seeking a temporary recycling collection crew following strike action by recycling collectors at Kier Ltd.
The workers, operating out of the Keynsham depot, voted overwhelmingly for strike action last week, with 86% in favour and 100% in favour of action short of strike at the end of December 2015, over alleged pay inequality.
The Council says it is doing its “utmost to resolve the current difficult recycling situation, which is not of our making.”
As the situation currently stands, a third of residents are having their recycling collected on time. However, due to the ongoing go-slow and overtime ban by Kier employees, only around 50% of the scheduled collections take place each day, the council says. This, along with the impact of further strike days – when less than a third of Kier staff will be working – means that the potential for backlog is increasing.
It is anticipated that the majority of Kier staff will be on strike on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 January.
The Council has 7 crews out in an effort to reduce the backlog and has so far collected almost 40 tonnes of recycling in less than three days, including 2 tonnes of food waste on Wednesday alone. The Council says it will endeavour to ensure that everybody will have their recycling collected within two weeks.
“However, it is hard to predict the exact impact on collections that sustained strikes will have,” it says.
“We are striving to extend collections to cover the weekend. However, due to restrictions on how many hours existing staff can work, the Council is keen to hear from members of the public who would like to express an interest in joining the Council’s collection crews on a temporary paid basis – especially HGV drivers with a clean Category C licence and a current Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).”