18 October 2021

Update on Cityclean industrial dispute

At a committee meeting taking place tomorrow, cross party councillors are set to agree a formal resolution proposal aimed at resolving the ongoing Cityclean industrial dispute and ending strike action.

A council spokesperson said:

“We had positive talks yesterday and thank GMB representatives for meeting on a Sunday.

“We’re pleased that the formal resolution proposal agreed yesterday has this morning been agreed by GMB members and will now be put forward to the council’s Policy & Resources Committee for ratification on Tuesday 19 October.”

“A new series of management procedures will be proposed which aim to resolve the dispute on changes to driver rounds; alongside an increase in staff pay. 

“The significant and generous pay deal will benefit some of the lowest paid staff across the whole council as well as the Cityclean service and recognises their immense daily contribution to the city and vital support during the pandemic.

“We apologise to residents, business and visitors to the city for the disruption during the last few weeks and thank you for your patience.”

Collection information and advice to residents 

Today is the start of a three-day break in the industrial action meaning refuse and recycling collections are taking place. 

Whilst normal collections are scheduled to take place today and Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, there may be some disruption due to the volume of waste that has accumulated. 

If you are due a collection tomorrow or Wednesday, please place your wheelie bin or box on or by the pavement at the front of your property, by 6am on your collection day. 

Side waste in and around communal bins and recycling sites will take some time to clear.  

If you use communal bins, we would be grateful if you could - wherever possible - continue to safely store your recycling and rubbish in your home or outdoor space, or take it to one of the council’s Household Waste Recycling Sites, until you see side waste being cleared and collections being made from communal bins. We apologise for this continued inconvenience.

If the formal resolution proposal is agreed at the Policy & Resources Committee meeting tomorrow, strike action will be suspended, and collections will take place on Thursday and Friday and according to normal collection schedules.