Bromley binmen out collecting rubbish rather than striking

News Shopper: Bromley binmen out collecting rubbish rather than striking Bromley binmen out collecting rubbish rather than striking

INSTEAD of a planned 48-hour strike which was due to start today (January 21) binmen have been out on Bromley’s streets trying to do as many of today’s collections as possible.

The Veolia Environmental Services workers, had been set to walk out for 48 hours after an agreement for four fired workers to return to work collapsed.

But it has now been patched up and the crews, which collect rubbish on behalf of Bromley Council, are working as normal.

This is the second time in a month the union has called off strike action. It had originally planned to hold a series of strikes to impact on the Christmas collections but these were averted after crunch talks between Unite and Veolia Environmental Services hammered out a deal.

The issue for today’s planned strike was over whether the four fired men could return to work on the Bromley Council contract.

They were fired last October for breaching their contract by removing unauthorised waste including garden waste and car seats.

Portfolio holder for the environment Councillor Colin Smith said: “I know all Bromley residents will be extremely pleased to learn Unite has reviewed its position and cancelled this needlessly threatened action.

“I am particularly grateful to all the hard working, honest bin crews out there, out there fighting through the foul weather conditions on the ground instead, for helping to bring this matter to a sensible conclusion.

“Please spare a thought for them if they can’t reach your bins today and do follow updates on the council’s website as to when they will return should your collections not prove possible”

And a Veolia spokesman said: “We continue to make progress in negotiations with Unite and the four employees about alternative working options.”

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10:35pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lord righteous says...

What the kcuf is a "portfolio holder"?
What the kcuf is a "portfolio holder"? lord righteous
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7:26pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Alconcalcia says...

It used to be a nice beige folder in which to put your papers in.
It used to be a nice beige folder in which to put your papers in. Alconcalcia
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8:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

It's a **** term used by bullsh1ters on the cancel.(sic)
It's a **** term used by bullsh1ters on the cancel.(sic) Gypo.Joe
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3:22pm Thu 24 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

Well Done to UNITE who through ACAS have done ALL they can to resolve this unneccessary& artificially created dispute despite the continued political interferences from Cllr Smith & Co.
Porfolio holders are paid an extra £20k a year as Cllrs to mismanage our services this way.
Bromley Cllrs are one of the HIGHEST paid in London (just behind Croydon & Wandsworth) whilst slashing essential services to the sick,disabled & elderly.
And why are VEOLIA who are on the UNITED NATIONS banned list of contractors providing waste services in Bromley.?
They recently pulled out of biding for a waste contract in North London because of this issue. Im sure that Council tax payers in Bromley will be concerned that their hard earned money is going towards oppressing Palestinian people in the West Bank & Gaza
Broken Britain? Broken Bromley more like!
Well Done to UNITE who through ACAS have done ALL they can to resolve this unneccessary& artificially created dispute despite the continued political interferences from Cllr Smith & Co. Porfolio holders are paid an extra £20k a year as Cllrs to mismanage our services this way. Bromley Cllrs are one of the HIGHEST paid in London (just behind Croydon & Wandsworth) whilst slashing essential services to the sick,disabled & elderly. And why are VEOLIA who are on the UNITED NATIONS banned list of contractors providing waste services in Bromley.? They recently pulled out of biding for a waste contract in North London because of this issue. Im sure that Council tax payers in Bromley will be concerned that their hard earned money is going towards oppressing Palestinian people in the West Bank & Gaza Broken Britain? Broken Bromley more like! RoisinR
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