Harlow Tories and Labour respond to news that bin men set to go on strike
News / Wed 22nd Jun 2022 pm30 05:23pm
HARLOW politicians from across the divide have responded to the news that refuse workers are set to go on strike.
Conservative Councillor Alastair Gunn, Harlow Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Governance, said: “Harlow Council is monitoring the situation very closely and we urge all parties to continue their discussions and find a resolution.
The local bin crews do an amazing job, and we hope that a way forward can be found. We continue to work closely with Veolia to do all we can to ensure that residents receive the service they are entitled to expect and that services are not disrupted.”
The leader of Harlow Labour, Cllr Chris Vince said: “Clearly no one wants to see the refuge collectors go on strike but a lack of engagement from Veolia’s management and a willingness to get around the table and talk to staff and their unions is at the heart of the problem. I would once again urge Veolia management to meet with UNISON and come to an agreement as I believe one could be reached.
“I’d also urge Harlow Council’s Conservative administration to step up and put pressure on Veolia to that end.
“Despite criticisms of the last Labour administration, we had a positive relationship with all parties involved and there was never any strike action under Labour’s watch.
While there may not have been strike action under Labour’s watch there were certainly missed collections and trouble all from the very provider they hired whilst in power. What part of that was positive Mr Vince? Please stop using every issue as a chance to attack the tories without saying what you’d do instead, especially when your lot were in power they failed massively. Time to stop the negative politics and come up with solutions
Looking at the notice board at Veolia, it seem its the Union that have failed massively to talk. That is why I am the only one who chose not to vote and I'll be canceling my membership. Can the notice board document be made public. I'll try and get a copy tomorrow.
As nice as is it is that the councillors are commenting, fundamentally this is a 3rd party service the council has employed to carry out a service. If strikes go ahead pressure should be put on the supplier to still deliver the contractual obligations at their own cost. The council and residents shouldn't have to suffer as a result of the disagreement the 3rd party company has internally.
FRESH FROM VEOLIA NOTICE BOARD FROM THE MEETING THE UNION HAD WITH THEM HERE IS THE OFICIAL MINUTES - - - - - I KNEW SOMEONE HAD A PICTURE............ Veolia had informed Unison that there was no collective bargaining on 3 separate occasions, (once in 2020 and twice in 2022), but was unaware if this had been acted upon by the Union. ● Veolia confirmed that a 7% pay rise will be paid to the workforce, backdated. The increase will be paid in June’s pay. ● Veolia confirmed that if requested by Unison to be able to enter into a collective agreement, Veolia would be happy to engage in discussions. CAN THE UNION ANSWER WHY THEY DID NOTHING FOR 2 YEARS AND WHY THEY SAID VEOLIA ARE NOT WILLING TO TALK WHEN THEY CLEARLY ARE...... THIS SHOULD BE REVIEWED????
Might I suggest we all take our rubbish to the council offices at the water gardens if this strike goes ahead. Ultimately we pay the council for the service. While they farm out the service you cannot farm out the responsibility.
Perhaps Harlow Council should follow the example of Essex County Council and bring the refuse service back in-house, cutting out the profit of Veolia?