By ANISAH ARIF
Kirklees UNISON have announced that a settlement has now been achieved to the recent bin dispute. This means the risk of industrial action affecting the service has now been avoided.
How has this come about?
The reasons for the disputes; difficulties with staff taking annual leave, allegations of bullying and harassment, in addition, concerns that were raised regarding around the makeup of refuse collection rounds – have been resolved.
How have the problems been fixed?
The Council have agreed to speak regularly with the Unions on any issues of difficulty and agreed to a review of the refuse collection rounds involving all the trade unions in the service, service management and independent support. An agreement on the management of accrued annual leave has been put in place, and a process of dialogue on the future management of annual leave has begun. The allegations of bullying and harassment have been fully investigated and have actioned the recommendations of the report. Also, a statement of the expected culture and behaviours for the service is now in place. Additional staff have been placed within the service and they will remain in place until the new collection rounds are implemented.
Working together in the future
Both the council and Kirklees UNISON are fully committed to work together to ensure that service for citizens of Kirklees can be maintained and improved, and to work to find negotiated solutions to any difficulties that arise.
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said: “I am delighted that we have now resolved this dispute and that all parties involved have agreed to a way forward. Management and union representatives have worked hard to ensure that residents and businesses can look forward to the level of service they expect.