Work-to-rule measures put in force this week by the GMB Union have already disrupted some waste and recycling collections.
As more than half of Serco’s bin staff here in the Dales are GMB members, the likelihood is that collections on Friday and Monday will be severely impacted
Union strike action coupled with sickness absences is likely to reduce the number of available drivers from 22 to just six. Driver numbers are already at a reduced level due to the nationwide HGV shortage.
If the strikes happen it means available crews will focus on household waste collections only, with no available resource to tackle any scheduled recycling or garden waste collections.
We are naturally disappointed that Derbyshire Dales residents should have to suffer further disruptions.
Mark Mansfield, Serco's Contract Manager, said:
“It is always our intention to work in partnership with our trade unions partners and we would urge the GMB to suspend the strike action planned for tomorrow, Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October, whilst conciliatory discussions with ACAS are ongoing. We are working hard to minimise disruption and if the strike goes ahead on these days, we will be prioritising household waste collections.
“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to all residents impacted by this action.”