Monday, 23 November 2009

Cllr Richard Brett video comment on 'end' of bin strike

Smoking prosecution of landlady and landlord first in Leeds

A landlady and landlord who allowed drinkers to smoke in their pub have become the first in Leeds to be prosecuted for breaking the ban on smoking in the workplace.

Angela and Peter Mills, who run the Omnibus pub on Throstle Road North in Middleton, were found guilty at Leeds Magistrate’s Court of allowing smoking in a public house.

They both received 12 months conditional discharge. Angela Mills was ordered to pay costs of £500 while Peter Mills faces a costs bill of £250.

People were seen smoking inside the pub on two occasions in January and March this year by officials from Leeds City Council.

Both defendants gave evidence on their own behalf and claimed they could not see into the foyer area, where people were smoking. But they admitted that they had not taken any steps that would allow them to see into the area.

It is the first time a landlord in Leeds has been prosecuted for failing to stop people smoking on their premises.

The legislation under the Health Act, which came into effect in July 2007, banned smoking in the workplace – which includes pubs, club and restaurants.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for health and safety, said:
“The very fact that this is the first prosecution of its kind in Leeds, more than two years after the law came into force, shows that the vast majority of publicans and owners follow the rules and take their responsibilities seriously.
“It’s sad that this had to come to court because we will always work with businesses if they have a particular problem with people smoking.
“But if they fail to take steps to stamp it out then we will not hesitate to take action against them.”

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Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937

Further statement regarding the 'end' of bin strikes in Leeds

Councillor Andrew Carter, joint council leader said:

“The end to the strike is very welcome news.

“I’m glad union members have agreed to accept what is a very fair deal.

“It is a victory for the people of Leeds who will benefit – in due course – from a much improved refuse collection and street cleaning service.

“The significance of this deal shouldn’t be underestimated.

“It means – at last – we can achieve the efficiencies we need and boost productivity at the same time.

“That translates to better value for money for the residents of our city.”

Posted via web from Leeds City Council

Statement regarding 'end' to bin strikes in Leeds

Councillor Richard Brett, council leader said:

“I am delighted that our revised offer appears to have been accepted by the majority of union members.
“This is good news for us, our workers and the people of Leeds.

“We have been able to work up slightly amended proposals which completely eradicate pay losses for many workers.

“We will also continue to work with other members of refuse staff who stand to lose money to see what can be done to close any pay gap. 

“In the meantime, they will still benefit from pay protection until 2011.

“Now, we need to get on with modernising the service and begin to achieve the productivity improvements and efficiencies we require.

“However, our immediate priority is to get staff back to work and a full service restored as soon as possible.”

Posted via web from Leeds City Council