Waste and recycling workers in B&NES to take industrial action next week

Residents in Bath & North East Somerset Council are advised of possible disruption to waste, recycling and garden waste collections due to industrial action by members of the Unite union from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th September.

This action is in relation to the local government national pay award. A pay offer of £1,925 was rejected by Unite members recently. It has led to industrial action being organised at 23 local authorities, including B&NES.

The council says there may also be disruption at the recycling centres in Midland Road, Bath and at Midsomer Norton.

“We are working hard to minimise any disruption so please put your recycling/garden waste or refuse waste out as usual.

“For recycling and rubbish collections if we have been unable to collect we will not be able to return later in the week.  Please take your bins/boxes back in and present them again on your next scheduled collection, we will collect additional waste/recycling if placed alongside.

Please check our waste disruption page next week for any updates, including garden waste collection arrangements and opening hours for our recycling centres. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

Over the summer there were several weeks of strikes by bin workers employed by South Gloucestershire Council’s contractor Suez until a pay deal was struck.

And a strike by Bristol Waste workers was averted after refuse workers accepted an improved pay offer.