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Fighting back against Islington’s rubbish cuts

Issue No. 2070

Some 36 ICSL Accord refuse collection workers in Islington in north London went on strike last week. Workers formed picket lines outside the ICSL offices in Caledonian Road.

They object to last week’s reduction in the number of refuse lorries from nine to eight, which they say has increased their workload and reduced the quality of the service to residents.

Gary Carter from the GMB union, said, “There have been over 180 complaints since last week’s changes. The new crewing system has been in place for a week and it has caused chaos.

“There are big pile-ups of rubbish in some places and that’s not because of the strike. That’s because the rescheduling of the system is haphazard.

“Reducing the number of lorries from nine crews of four to eight crews of four means we are collecting the same amount of rubbish but are four men down. Residents are losing out.

“People have quickly realised these new rounds don’t work. They’ve created chaos. We don’t want a pay rise, we just want better conditions for the workers and a better service to residents.”

The workers are demanding that the four men be reinstated or the introduction of a productivity bonus. Two further strikes are planned for Friday of this week and Monday of next week.

The workers have also started a work-to-rule.

One local resident said, “Rubbish collection has always been a joke around here. What they’re doing is fair enough.

“I say good luck to them.”

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Tue 25 Sep 2007, 18:41 BST
Issue No. 2070
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