Coventry City Council offers to prevent bin lorry driver strike rejected – statement

Published Thursday, 23 December 2021 Following extensive negotiations with the union Unite, we are disappointed to announce that no agreement has been reached on the two issues that bin lorry drivers have voted for strike action on. Negotiations included the use of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) which offers independent conciliation, arbitration and mediation.

Following all of the talks, the Council has made a number of what we believe to be generous offers to address 52-week working that focused around collections during the week between Christmas and New Year and additional pay. Our offers have now been presented by the union to its members, but unfortunately these were not accepted. Although we remain committed to continuing negotiations, we have limits to what we can offer as we are mindful of the duty we have to all of our 4,500-strong workforce and the possibility of future equal pay claims.

Comparing ourselves to other West Midlands authorities, we can prove that Coventry City Council is one of the highest paying in the region for Class II HGV drivers. Regrettably, the deadlock means there will now be no household waste collections next week during the Christmas and New Year period. The four drop-off points for residents to take securely bagged non-bulky waste across the city will be open from 8am to 4.30pm from 29 December excluding bank holidays.

You can find out more about the drop sites at www.coventry.gov.uk/dropsites As things stand, strike action on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 January and all of the week beginning 11 January will take place. The four drop-off points will be open for residents to take their waste.

No appointment is necessary, and sites open 8am to 4.30pm seven days a week.

Talks with Unite are scheduled to start again on Tuesday 4 January in a continued attempt to resolve the issues they have raised.