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Kirklees Council rules out extra bin round to deal with backlog from public sector strike

RESIDENTS will not receive an extra bin collection following the public sector strike.

RESIDENTS will not receive an extra bin collection following the public sector strike.

A top councillor last night revealed there would be no catch-up rounds after last Wednesday’s industrial action.

No bins were collected in Kirklees on the strike day as refuse collectors joined millions of other public sector workers in a huge walkout to protest against pension changes.

And last night Cabinet member for investment and housing Clr David Sheard confirmed that residents whose bins went unemptied last week will have to wait until the next scheduled collection next Wednesday before their rubbish is taken away.

An opposition councillor challenged the ruling Labour group on the issue at last night’s monthly meeting of Kirklees Council.

Colne Valley Lib Dem Clr David Ridgway asked Clr Sheard: “Can you advise what provision, if any, the Cabinet has put in place to ensure that those bins which were not emptied last Wednesday will be emptied before the two-week cycle is complete?”

Clr Sheard replied: “None.”

Clr Ridgway was then allowed to ask a supplementary question.

He said: “With the Christmas holiday period upon us – and the traditional loss of collection days – will you confirm that the backlog can be dealt with so as no bins go unemptied for an extended period of up to six weeks?”

Clr Sheard replied it would be wrong to put on an extra collection to deal with the backlog caused by the strike.

The Heckmondwike Labour man said: “I expect that bins will be emptied this week, and the ones that weren’t emptied last Wednesday will be emptied next week.

“I don’t think it would be right to pay the people who have been on strike overtime to do the work they didn’t do when they were on strike.”

But Clr Sheard added that residents suffering from overflowing bins could call the council for help.

“If people are struggling with extra waste they can phone the council for extra help at any time,” he said.

 

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