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Statement: industrial action to end

Waste collections to resume Tuesday 31 May

Industrial action affecting Rugby Borough Council’s waste and street cleaning services will come to an end on Monday (30 May) after the council reached an agreement with Unite. Crews will return to work on Tuesday 31 May, when blue-lid recycling and green garden waste collections will resume.

Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “We welcome Unite’s agreement to the terms and conditions proposals which the Council has put forward. Nevertheless we remain disappointed that Unite chose to recommend industrial action in a dispute relating to the nationally agreed pay increase that came into effect from April last year.

“The resolution that has been agreed reflects a process we began in December 2021 and had agreed with Unite should be completed by the end of May.  This process considered a review of market pressures on affected roles, the accuracy of job descriptions and how those job descriptions are graded.

“Additionally, we are pleased to have agreed an increase in working hours for refuse and recycling staff and a clear definition of ‘task and finish’, meaning that we can all look forward to a cleaner Borough moving forward.

“The work of the refuse, recycling and street cleansing teams is very much valued by the council and residents of the Borough and we look forward to welcoming them back to work. We would also like to sincerely thank all of the refuse, recycling and street cleansing staff who chose to work through the period of strike action and also the council staff who were redeployed to support the continuation of refuse collections.

“We apologise to residents for the inconvenience caused by the strike action and thank them for their continued patience.”

The council has offered:

  • Additional payments for refuse drivers paid since December to be made permanent. Total pay available will rise to up to £30,940
  • Changes to overtime payments and tasks allocated to refuse loaders. Total pay available will rise to up to £24,018.
  • An uplift in pay grade and additional payments for street cleaners and drivers, reflecting increased responsibilities since last review. Total pay available will rise to up to £24,587.
  • No change in the nationally agreed pay award.

Residents who subscribe to the green garden waste collection service will receive an extra collection at the end of the subscription year (31 March 2023) for each collection missed.

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