“We are extremely concerned that our essential waste collection staff have had to strike in order to make their voices heard in our council” says a statement from Adur and Worthing councils’ Labour groups.

“We are fully supportive of our staff taking action but think that it could have been avoided through regular and constructive communication by the current Conservative administration with staff and their chosen unions.

“Our local residents now face weeks without a bin collection service, the fault of which lies squarely with this current administration’s inability to run our council.

“The issues that the staff have raised in regard to their working conditions and remuneration now need to be discussed fully between the council and the unions, allowing for negotiations to be undertaken and a settlement to be agreed as soon as possible.

“We are aware that these staff members worked tirelessly during the pandemic, and indeed we stood on our doorsteps and clapped for them, so now we need to ensure that they have the highest level of working conditions that it is possible for us to provide.

“The Conservative government has slashed our council budget relentlessly over the past decade, but the budget that we do have needs to be invested in our front line services and staff to best effect, ensuring that we value our staff and provide an excellent service to our residents.”

A 6% rise when inflation is set to hit 7% and more is not the reward staff were looking for.


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