Strike to start but council ‘hopeful’ that a resolution to the Cityclean dispute can be agreed
The GMB has this evening confirmed that HGV drivers in the council’s refuse and recycling service Cityclean will start strike action tomorrow, but a proposed resolution agreement is to be considered by GMB representatives tomorrow which aims to resolve the dispute and avert any further strike action.
Speaking about resolution proposals, Nick Hibberd, the council’s Executive Director for Economy, Environment & Culture said he was hopeful that prolonged strike action would not be necessary, he said:
“To provide the best service for the city and to support staff, there are occasions where it’s felt appropriate to make crew changes, or move a member of staff from one round or crew to another.
"Changes are requested to prioritise areas where rubbish and recycling has unfortunately built up due to unavoidable staff shortages, vehicle break downs, or for performance reasons.
“We have listened to the concerns of staff about these requests, and we have made a number of detailed proposals which we hope GMB and the HGV drivers will agree tomorrow.
“I want to thank GMB for their willingness to meet and hold constructive talks and I also thank Cityclean staff for their continued hard work.
“I hope we can reach agreement tomorrow and work towards achieving our shared vision of a city where we tackle waste and recycling together, continue collaboratively with Cityclean modernisation plans and provide the best service for residents.
“We understand residents will have concerns about disruption in the coming days and once again reiterate our commitment to finding a positive resolution for both staff and the city.”