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Unite members in Thurrock fight back against cuts to R...

Unite members in Thurrock fight back against cuts to Refuse collection service

16 January 2015

Unite the Union members in Thurrock Council are running a campaign to keep weekly refuse and recycling services in the Borough.

It has become obvious that the Council will soon be considering options put forward by Councillors to cut the service right across the Borough in an attempt to make savings.

Unite Chair for Thurrock Council members Tony Davis said “We have begun a petition and will be leafleting tens of thousands of homes over the coming weeks to highlight these appalling attacks on an essential service,  we have met the management and made them aware that we will not allow these cuts to go ahead unopposed.”

At a mass meeting of Unite members who deliver the service, the feeling of strength to stand up and fight was great, everyone in attendance agreed that everything within the unions power should be done.

Paul Travers Regional Officer said “I am impressed with the organisation at local level by the branch, they are driving forward a plan to not only save jobs but also an essential service to the residents and businesses of Thurrock, in 2 weeks we will have leafleted over 25,000 residential homes and made people aware of the attacks.  Our petition is gathering great pace and people are asking to sign it!”

Meetings are arranged between Unite and senior council management in an attempt to reach an agreement however, Unite have said they will not accept any cuts in the service.