Wirral bin strike called off after union reaches agreement with Biffa

Wirral bin strike called off after union makes agreement with Biffa

Wirral bin strike called off after union makes agreement with Biffa

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A PLANNED strike by Wirral bin men has been averted after unions and council contractor Biffa reached agreement in an ongoing pay dispute.

Biffa had been in dispute with the Unite union in a row over pay and conditions and a strike was due to take place tomorrow, causing disruption during the Open Golf Championship.

But after a meeting with conciliation service ACAS the two sides reached an agreement that was accepted by all Biffa staff.

A Biffa spokesman said: "For all concerned, we are glad that patient negotiation has prevailed, and would like to thank ACAS for its help."

He added the agreement was "good news" for Wirral residents as their valued recycling, refuse and street cleansing services are safeguarded.

The union’s 190 members were balloted on July 4 and voted in favour of possible industrial action.

Brian Nelson, local officer for Unite, had said the strike could take place on July 18 when more than 200,000 people were expected to descend on the borough for the golf.

The ballot came exactly a year after more than 200 Biffa staff voted to strike.

At the time, union officials blamed the situation on reductions to local government budgets.

The action was averted after a deal was reached.

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2:18pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Jack Boot says...

The Biffa Boys have lost the opportunity to attend the Open, this contract was awarded to another company due to this dispute, unlucky suckers!
The Biffa Boys have lost the opportunity to attend the Open, this contract was awarded to another company due to this dispute, unlucky suckers! Jack Boot
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2:25pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Nigrette says...

aww whinge whinge whinge, you boys get paid enough you lazy fools.
the binmen of yesteryear were the hard grafters.
i for one am SICK of my bins not being emptied, do a proper job and the public may back you, until then be off and make do with your already reasonable wages.
aww whinge whinge whinge, you boys get paid enough you lazy fools. the binmen of yesteryear were the hard grafters. i for one am SICK of my bins not being emptied, do a proper job and the public may back you, until then be off and make do with your already reasonable wages. Nigrette
  • Score: -9

11:31pm Thu 17 Jul 14

mickey1more says...

Overpaid , grossly over weight lazy binmen bottled it. nuff said.
Overpaid , grossly over weight lazy binmen bottled it. nuff said. mickey1more
  • Score: -7

6:20pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Nigrette says...

look at all the negative feedback left for us, obviously from the lazy biffa boys.
look at all the negative feedback left for us, obviously from the lazy biffa boys. Nigrette
  • Score: -5

11:34am Sun 20 Jul 14

DIRTYTOWN says...

Not all voted yes 89 yes 50 no they deserve more money for the work they do maybe not the binmen but the street lads do
Not all voted yes 89 yes 50 no they deserve more money for the work they do maybe not the binmen but the street lads do DIRTYTOWN
  • Score: 0

2:41pm Sun 20 Jul 14

naughtykitties says...

Nigrette wrote:
look at all the negative feedback left for us, obviously from the lazy biffa boys.
Or maybe people just think you're a horrible and spiteful bunch of human beings?

Why not go and console yourselves by listening to Tristan und Isolde with a glass or two of Grauer Burgunder, hmm?
[quote][p][bold]Nigrette[/bold] wrote: look at all the negative feedback left for us, obviously from the lazy biffa boys.[/p][/quote]Or maybe people just think you're a horrible and spiteful bunch of human beings? Why not go and console yourselves by listening to Tristan und Isolde with a glass or two of Grauer Burgunder, hmm? naughtykitties
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Nigrette says...

naughtykitties wrote:
Nigrette wrote:
look at all the negative feedback left for us, obviously from the lazy biffa boys.
Or maybe people just think you're a horrible and spiteful bunch of human beings?

Why not go and console yourselves by listening to Tristan und Isolde with a glass or two of Grauer Burgunder, hmm?
Get a job love instead of scrounging off the state.
[quote][p][bold]naughtykitties[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nigrette[/bold] wrote: look at all the negative feedback left for us, obviously from the lazy biffa boys.[/p][/quote]Or maybe people just think you're a horrible and spiteful bunch of human beings? Why not go and console yourselves by listening to Tristan und Isolde with a glass or two of Grauer Burgunder, hmm?[/p][/quote]Get a job love instead of scrounging off the state. Nigrette
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Mon 21 Jul 14

naughtykitties says...

>> Nigrette says... 3:52pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Interesting thing to post, given the tie you chose to comment...
>> Nigrette says... 3:52pm Mon 21 Jul 14 Interesting thing to post, given the tie you chose to comment... naughtykitties
  • Score: -1

7:04pm Mon 21 Jul 14

keen gardener says...

So if service is "normal"...why were the bins at Moreton Common "full to overflowing" today? OK...got the message...we are "back to normal"!!!!! Will check again tomorrow and no doubt another email will be sent to Streetscene....this is becoming a "full time...unpaid....job
". PS Correction, I am paying for this service via Council Tax so who is the fool....ME!!!! :-(
So if service is "normal"...why were the bins at Moreton Common "full to overflowing" today? OK...got the message...we are "back to normal"!!!!! Will check again tomorrow and no doubt another email will be sent to Streetscene....this is becoming a "full time...unpaid....job ". PS Correction, I am paying for this service via Council Tax so who is the fool....ME!!!! :-( keen gardener
  • Score: -1

12:29pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Local Govwatcher1 says...

Info from a Biffa employee that working bank holidays gives them a premium of five times basic pay, before the threatened strike. Goodness knows what they will get now.
Info from a Biffa employee that working bank holidays gives them a premium of five times basic pay, before the threatened strike. Goodness knows what they will get now. Local Govwatcher1
  • Score: 0

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