Bullying culture at Cardiff City Council Waste Services provokes near 100% vote in favour of protest strike action
- Wednesday 13 April 2022
Following an industrial action ballot in which Unite members voted by a majority of 98 per cent to strike in a dispute over widespread bullying within the Cardiff City Council Waste Services, waste service workers employed by Cardiff City Council will start six weeks of continuous strike from 22 April. The strike will cause widespread disruption to the city’s refuse and recycling collections.
A survey of Unite members working within Waste Services found that over 60 per cent of workers have either witnessed workplace bullying or had been bullied themselves.
Unite has raised a number of other issues with the council which stem from the bullying culture. These include health and safety failings, misuse of agency labour and unfair targeting of Unite union reps.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Workers at Cardiff Council have had enough of the toxic workplace bullying. Unless the council urgently resolves our grievances then six weeks of strike action will start in just nine day's time.
“Our members are completely united and determined to win this fight for justice and they will receive the full support of Unite during the strike.”
Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes commented: “We have tried to resolve this dispute through negotiations with the council but have hit a brick wall. Although it is not too late to find a resolution, time is quickly running out.
“We have an overwhelming mandate for strike action and our members are determined to force change within Cardiff’s waste services department. This strike will unfortunately see major disruption to the refuse collections of Cardiff’s residents. However, the blame for this will lie squarely at the door of Cardiff City Council.”
Continuous Strike action by workers employed in waste collections at Lamby will commence at 00.01am on 22nd April 2022. The action by Unite members will conclude on the 2nd June at 23.59 hours.
For further information please contact Glyn Conolly on 07974 131771.