Southampton City Council has faced disruption on the opening day of its new recycling depot after waste collection workers refused to turn up at the new facility as part of an ongoing dispute.
Although the council’s £13m Dock Gate 20 facility was open, waste collection staff picked up refuse collection vehicles from the council’s old premises and returned them there instead of the new depot.
Those operating ‘work-to-rule’ practices refused to move the vehicles on grounds that staff can only have a single place of work.
A council spokesman told MRW that the incident has caused a “little bit of disruption” and that council staff will have to pick up the vehicles from the old facility and transfer them Dock Gate 20.
The action is part of an ongoing dispute between the council and the Unison union over the council’s move to dismiss and re-engage staff on new contracts to cut costs.