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Bin collection disruption looming with Council workers to go on two-week strike over pay

The industrial action, which will see Unite Union members picket over pay, comes less than a month after the previous walkout.

Following the industrial action which took place at the end of March, further action will take place across all 11 councils by Unite.

Unite, this week, confirmed further strike action over a two week period spanning end of April and early May.

This will affect council, education and housing workers in Northern Ireland.

Mid Ulster will be affected across 2 consecutive weeks from Monday April 25 to Sunday  May 1 and from Tuesday May 3 to Sunday  May 8.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham offered her union’s support to the workers taking further strike action in Northern Ireland saying: “The offer of 1.75 percent is completely unacceptable – it’s a huge wage cut.

“All workers have a right to expect pay to keep pace with inflationary pressures and it’s appalling that public sector workers face a choice of heating or eating.

“Workers out on pickets in Northern Ireland are demonstrating their determination to secure real improvements. They have my complete support and that of everyone in Unite.”

Impact of industrial action on Mid Ulster Residents
Bin collection services will be impacted significantly and two of Mid-Ulster’s leisure centres will also be affected.

Bin Collection Service

There will be no brown bin collections from Monday April 25 to Friday April 29 or from Tuesday May 3 to Friday May 6. These bins will now be emptied on their next scheduled collection day during the week commencing Monday May 9 and week commencing Monday May 16.

Mid Ulster Council state “If we have sufficient staff, we will work to collect blue bins during the first week of industrial action and black bins during the second week”.

“While we cannot guarantee collection, we are nonetheless asking residents to leave their blue and black bins out for collection by 7.30am on their normal collection days during this two week period. This will allow us to empty bins where we have sufficient crews in place to do so”.

“If blue bins or black bins are not emptied on their normal collection day, we are asking residents to take their bins back in from the kerbside. This means we have not been able to operate the service in their area and we apologise for missing the week’s collection. We will collect blue and black bins again on their next scheduled collection day, during the weeks commencing May 9 and May 16”.

“Where we have not been able to collect black bins, we will accept up to a maximum of 2 additional waste bags on the next scheduled collection day during the week commencing 16 May”.

The bin collection service will operate as normal on Monday 2 May, including for brown bins, as this day is not included in the dates on which strike action will take place.

Recycling centres will remain open during both periods of industrial action. They will, however, close as planned on Monday 2 May for the bank holiday.

The scheduled closure of Magherafelt Recycling Centre from Monday April 25 to Monday May 3 will go ahead. This is to allow temporary recycling facilities to be installed while major refurbishment work takes place.

Leisure Services
There will also be an impact on 2 of leisure centres: Cookstown Leisure Centre and Greenvale Leisure Centre

It is anticipated that there will be no public swimming lessons and no school swimming lessons in Cookstown and Greenvale Leisure Centres from Monday April 25 to Sunday May 8.

The swimming pools will be closed in Cookstown Leisure Centre and Greenvale Leisure Centre on Monday April 25. The availability of swimming in both centres will be reviewed on a daily basis from Tuesday April 26 and customers will be updated each day on the centres’ Facebook pages.

Fitness classes in Cookstown and Greenvale Leisure Centres will also be reduced during the week and Mid Ulster Council provide updates for customers via the centres’ social media channels and online leisure booking system.

Dungannon Leisure Centre, including the pool and lessons, will be unaffected by the action and will operate as normal across the two-week period.

“We anticipate that all other services and facilities, including our cemeteries, play facilities, parks, arts and cultural facilities, will operate as normal”.

“We regret the inconvenience caused to our residents by the industrial action and will keep the situation under review as the weeks progress”.

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