Round-country round-up

A roundup of news from Glasgow, Brighton and Leeds.

Glasgow

Cleansing staff in Glasgow have adopted safe working practices by no longer stopping on double yellow lines, not hopping on the vehicle when it is moving, and not lifting heavy bins, overflowing bags or damaged bags. The decision has been made ahead of new working arrangements being introduced early next year which will see most binmen move to four days on and four days off, and the majority of land and environmental services staff will be forced to take multiple roles.

Brighton

Following a revised offer from Brighton & Hove City Council GMB members in the City’s City clean service has voted to suspend the industrial action for a period of up to 21 days for more negotiation to take place.

Leeds

Leeds City Council's 'best and final offer' rejected by an overwhelming majority of 92 per cent of the Leeds refuse strikers.The offer is dependent on the restoration of weekend rates which sees the pay increase mildly, however, the long and the short of it is that £4,500 of the offer depends on crews collecting bins from 220 properties an hour rather than the current 196, despite the Councils own study carried out earlier this year showing the average hourly collection rate among a cross-section of local authorities was 192 and fell to 181 when Manchester – a city with a large number of terrace properties – was excluded. So the all-out refuse strike continues in Leeds.