Southampton City Council have informed residents that waste collection services will resume at the beginning of next week, following seven days of industrial action.
The strikes – organised by trade unions Unite and Unison – began last Monday and have affected a range of council services including care work and parking enforcement. Union members were asked to take industrial action after the Council announced plans to change staff terms and conditions in order to save what they believe to be “a further 400 job losses.” After a ballot of 692 members, 51 percent voted for strike action, and 85% for industrial action short of striking. In all, 108 refuse workers have not carried out their dutires this week.
Many students have been left wondering why their waste has not been collected, with bins left out on pavements in anticipation of normal service. However it has been advised to move bins back from the street as they are a ‘hazard’ and could cause injury and accident.
The Council have stated refuse collection will resume from Tuesday 31st May, although for next week these will be delayed by one further day due to the bank holiday on Monday the 30th May.