No black or blue collections as strike resumes in Derry & Strabane

People across Derry & Strabane are being advised that there is unlikely to be bin collections for most of the next fortnight as strike action by Council wokers resumes.

By Brendan McDaid
Friday, 22nd April 2022, 2:52 pm

Recycling centres are also expected to be closed or operate in a reduced capacity during the coming industrial action. Street cleansing and leisure centres could also be affected.

Derry City and Strabane District Council has confirmed it has received formal notification from UNITE the Union, in relation to strike action commencing on Monday, April 25 and continuing to Sunday May 1 before restarting on May Tuesday 3 and continuing up to Sunday May 8.

A spokesperson for the Council said it fully respects the right of staff to take industrial action following an official ballet and confirmed that it expects there to be disruption to a range of services such as refuse collection, street cleansing, recycling centres, leisure facilities and a number of other services during this period.

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People are advised not to leave their bins out from Tuesday on.

The spokesperson explained that the level of impact will be variable across all services and could change as the week progresses.

“Council envisages that Refuse collections will be impacted and that the strike action will also have an impact on Recycling Centres with many centres not being able to operate during this period and some being closed. The public are therefore advised not to leave out their bins for collection over this period, with the exception of the Monday May Bank Holiday.

“Street Cleansing services are also anticipated to be severely impacted with litter bins in some areas not being emptied as per normal operation. Some Council owned public parks and play areas may also be impacted with a small number needing to remain closed during this period.

“In terms of leisure facilities, Council envisages that the strike action will have variable impact across all leisure centres and facilities in the Council area next week.

Council employees and trade unionists picket Derry City Council Offices on Strand Road recently as part of industrial action take over better pay demand. Photo: George Sweeney. DER2212GS – 012

“As with the previous strike, exemptions are in place for essential services such as burials at the Cemeteries and for the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

“The full impact on services will not be fully known until Monday when we will be in a position to provide a full update.

“The public are advised that the offices at Strand Road Derry and Derry Road Strabane will remain open to the public and Council can be contacted directly at 028 71 253253. Council’s Museums and Visitor Services at the Guildhall and Tower Museum, Derry and Alley Theatre, Strabane will also operate as normal.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke commenting on the strike action urged the public to be understanding and patient at this time.

He advised that regular updates in relation to services will be communicated from Monday on the Council’s website at www.derrystrabane.com/Strike-Action and also on Council social media platforms.

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