Saturday, 19 September 2009

Refuse dispute update

Some will wonder what has happened to the refuse dispute especially with national publicity about an all out strike in Leeds.

Refuse collectors and street cleaners are still working to rule in Edinburgh. This means they are not working overtime. Mostly, overtime is essential to the effective delivery of the relevant services (this is one reason why new working practises are being brought in) .

The Administration has bought in external contractors and, generally this now means that a 'normal' service is being provided. (Actually, in some cases service is markedly better.)

In Southside and Newington, a pilot of new working practises was started earlier this year and appears to have bedded in quite well resulting in the ward being less badly affected over the summer.

In the meantime, negotiations are dragging on.

Monday 21st September is a public holiday and many Council offices and facilities will be closed. However the four community recycling centres will be open as usual. Here is a map showing their locations. Please note they move to winter opening hours from 1st October.

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