Unite trade union members vote to accept employment offer
Following seven weeks of strike action, Unite – following a ballot of its members – has withdrawn industrial action and accepted the offer from Wrexham Council.
This afternoon (Friday, October 27), Unite informed the council that its members had voted to accept the offer, call off the action and return to work on Monday (October 30).
Councillor Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: “During the time of the strike, it has been difficult for everyone, including the staff who have continued to work, but I’m pleased we’ve been able to find a solution that will see staff return to work.
“We now want to move forward together and get services back to normal as soon as possible for the people of Wrexham.”
What does this mean for your bin collections?
We know that, despite best efforts over the last few weeks of the strike, we haven’t managed to collect all waste and recycling.
Therefore next week (October 30-November 3), we’ll be doing our best to give everyone a black bin AND recycling collection, on their normal collection day.
Please bear with us, as these collections will be heavier than normal, resulting in our vehicles becoming full sooner.
However, we’ll do our best to get to everyone.
The plan for the following week (the week starting November 6) is that we’ll return to normal (pre-strike) collection calendars (including garden waste).
Councillor Pritchard said: “We know people will want bin collections to get back to normal quickly, so we’re going to spend next week trying to clear everyone’s black bins and recycling, to allow us to return to normal collections the following week.
“Please bear with us as we’ll be collecting significant volumes of waste whilst also getting employees back into work, catching up and re-organising our bin wagons and teams.
“We’ll issue further updates next week.
“We know this has been a really difficult time for everyone, and I’d like to thank households for their patience during the strike.”