When Will The Council’s Bin Deal Be Implemented?

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This evening I was on BBC One Midlands Today and the Paul Franks show on Radio WM – asking why the Council’s bin deal isn’t being implemented on Sept 1st as promised by the Labour Leader of the Council at the June Council meeting.

The Council struck a deal with the Union which ended the strike back in late November 2017. The deal they agreed was to be implemented in January, then March, then after the local elections…

At the June Council meeting, Conservative Group Leader Cllr Robert Alden asked when exactly it was going to implemented – and the Labour Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, replied that they were working towards implementing it on Sept 1st.

That’s tomorrow – and there has been no confirmation that the binmen’s new rosters (which are supposed to move them from a 4 day working week to a 5 day week, and introduce a new role for some crew members) will come into force on Monday.

This means that the deal struck at the end of last year has STILL not been implemented – which really matters to Birmingham residents because every single month that goes by when it is not implemented costs the Council an extra £300K (that’s the Council’s own figure not mine) – and this at a time when the BCC is apparently strapped for cash.

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