The leader of Leeds City Council has thanked the people of Leeds for their patience, understanding and co-operation as a refuse strike enters a second week.
Councillor Richard Brett says he’s grateful that so many residents are doing their bit to try and help minimise disruption and for the hard work from staff who are continuing to work during this difficult time.
Despite growing reports from staff of union intimidation and dirty tactics, the council is doing all it can to maintain a limited level of refuse collection and street cleaning service with the staffing available.
Today, (Monday 13 September ) around 13 refuse collection crews are working across the city. Some of them have been arranged through the private sector to help deal with the backlog of work caused by the strike.
This work is designed to try to improve the service offered to residents during the period of strike action and will be monitored and prioritised on a daily basis.
At the same time, increasing numbers of staff are choosing to ignore their union’s calls for the industrial action and are returning to work.
It means many street cleaning teams are operating normally.
Leeds City Council leader, Cllr Richard Brett said:
“I’m grateful that so many people across Leeds have been doing their bit to try and keep strike disruption to a minimum.
‘I’d also like to thank staff who aren’t on strike and say how grateful I am for the hard work they are doing.”
Councillor James Monaghan, executive board member for environmental services, said:
“We have a duty to provide a service to the people of Leeds and that’s what we’re concentrating on doing.
“We using all options legally available to us so that we minimise the disruption caused by the strike. This now includes using the services of private sector contractors to carry out refuse collection work in order that residents do get a collection. We hope to increase this extra support over the coming days to cover as much of the backlog as possible.”
The advice to residents remains the same:
· If your recycling or waste has not been collected by 8:00 p.m. on your collection day, please take your bin(s) back into your garden or yard and put them out on your next scheduled collection day.
· If your bins are full please put your rubbish or recycling into bags and put them out with your bin(s) on your next scheduled collection day.
Residents can also take any excess recycling or rubbish to one of the city’s 11 household waste sorting site, which the council will try to keep open and will provide more containers for recyclables.