The Leader of the Council Councillor Teresa O'Neill OBE and Councillor Peter Craske Cabinet Member for Places have issued the following statement:
We are pleased that the industrial action taken by members of Unite has been suspended. The workforce should be returning to work tomorrow (28 July).
As soon as we were aware of the possibility of a strike we did all we could to encourage both parties to reach an agreement and resolve the issues that lead to the dispute. We encouraged them to enter into talks with ACAS. This led to several meetings and now suspension of the action.
We would like to thank all our residents for their patience during this difficult time and all the local people and volunteers who have helped others in the community. We would also like to thank those workers who continued to work throughout the strike especially during the excessive heat that we have experienced over the last few weeks.
Although this is a ‘suspension’ of the strike rather a complete end, we are hopeful that Unite and Countrystyle will reach an agreement.
Unfortunately, the disruption caused by the strike means that it is likely to be some time before residents collections return to normal. We will confirm arrangements on our website tomorrow.
We hope that recycling collections (blue and white lidded bins) will resume on Friday. Garden collections will continue to be suspended and will commence on 15 August as the service will be using the garden trucks and crews to collect the recycling collections that have accumulated over the last few weeks.
We will continue to operate the weekend recycling sessions in car parks and our waste and recycling sites will continue to be open for longer. Details will continue to be available on our website.
We will continue to update our website, social media and automated phone messages with information as it becomes available.