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Disruptions warning over Doncaster Xmas bin collections

Ballot follows plans to cut jobs Credit: PA

People living in Doncaster are being warned bin collections could be disrupted over Christmas - after it emerged refuse workers are to be balloted for strike action.

Staff working for contractor Suez on behalf of the council oppose plans to cut more than 100 jobs next year. Suez says less staff will be needed for its new way of working but no decisions have yet been made, while the council's talking to all parties.

The job cuts will come into effect before the company's new refuse contract agreed by Doncaster council, comes into effect in March 2018.

Strikes on the refuse contract were called off in August after Suez made an improved pay offer to the workforce and agreed to talks at the conciliation service Acas, over the proposed redundancies.

Unite entered negotiations with the clear intention of resolving this dispute, but Suez has been unable or unwilling to promise there will be no compulsory redundancies.

Therefore Unite has no option, we have to defend our members' jobs and that is why we are balloting our members for strike action.

– Unite regional officer Shane Sweeting,

Talks between SUEZ and Unite, with ACAS present, have been ongoing for the past month and we remain committed to finding the best solution for all involved. We are therefore extremely disappointed that Unite is balloting members for strike action while these talks are ongoing .

– SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

We understand that Suez is consulting with its staff on the terms of the new waste and recycling contract, and talks are still underway with ACAS assistance. We urge all parties to keep negotiating in order to make sure that Doncaster residents aren’t negatively impacted by this dispute.

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