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Waste company on Doncaster strike action

Waste company SITA, which provides services in Doncaster, says they are unable to meet a pay increase proposed by union workers. Refuse staff in the town have planned 2 days of strike action, followed by a continues strike.

Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK said:

"The Union has asked for an average pay increase of 13 per cent for our colleagues in Doncaster, which is entirely unreasonable. We cannot justify increasing the offer of 1.7 per cent that we have made nationally to all of our employees.

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We met with representatives from theUnion yesterday afternoon to try to resolve the dispute. We put forward arevised proposal that included performance-related payments for staff. The outline proposal was that staff would beeligible for additional payments if they achieved improvements to performanceand made savings, however, this proposal was rejected by the Union. The Union then put forward a revised proposalof their own to SITA UK, which our Board will now consider.

– Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK,

He continued:

Residents due to have their black bins emptied today (26th September) or tomorrow, (Thursday 27th September), should put their bin out as normal. There should also be no disruption to clinical or business waste services this week. We will be making every effort to catch up by the end of tomorrow on collections which have been delayed so far

– Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK,

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Bin workers in Doncaster announce more strikes

Further strike dates have been announced by refuse workers in Doncaster. They had already planned individual strikes on 28th September and 1st October, but from 2nd October a continues strike will begin.

We have now been formally notified by SITA that a continuous strike will begin on Tuesday 2nd October. This is in addition to the strike days on Friday 28th September and Monday 1st October.

Obviously this is going to have an impact on our bin collections. We will continue to work closely with SITA to put plans in place to manage essential waste collections while strike action is taking place.

– Gill Gillies, Doncaster Council's Assistant Director of Environment

She continued:

Residents due to have their black bins emptied Today (26th September) or tomorrow, Thursday 27th September, should put their bin out as normal. There should also be no disruption to clinical or business waste services this week. SITA will be making every effort to catch up by the end of tomorrow on collections which have been delayed so far.

– Gill Gillies, Doncaster Council's Assistant Director of Environment

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Changes to Sheffield bin collections

Sheffield's controversial fortnightly bin collection have started as part of the council's aims to save £2.4 million.

Today, half of the city started on the new schedule, which means black bins will be collected every other week, with blue recycling bins collected on alternate weeks.

Critics say it will lead to an increase in fly-tipping in the city, while some residents say it will help improve recycling rates.

Councillor Jack Scott has been speaking to Calendar about the move.

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