Bins will start overflowing in Southampton streets next week after unions warned they were launching strike action in a festering dispute over pay.Southampton’s not the prettiest town to begin with; I can’t imagine this will make it any better.
More than 180 refuse collectors will walk out for five days on Monday in, what could be, the most severe industrial action in living memory.
When they return, they will not be playing catch-up because all council staff will be working to rule and refusing overtime.
It has left residents fearing chaos and rat infestations.It sounds like that’d be a welcome price to pay, if these unions are to be brought to heel once and for all.
Unite convenor, Mark Wood, who represents binmen, street cleaners and park rangers, said: “It is going to be wholesale disruption to services, in particular waste collection, and create a backlog of rubbish and waste on the street.Comments are, as you would expect, somewhat vociferous…
“We can strike indefinitely.
It’s difficult to recall anything as big as this in Southampton.”
There are plenty of suggestions for getting around this, including taking your rubbish to the tip. I can’t help, though, but feel that the best place for it would be Mark Wood’s front garden…