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Refuse collectors strike in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council refuse collectors are pressing ahead with a series of strikes, as part of a dispute between the council and the union Unite over changes to shift patterns.

The council, which runs an in-house waste collection service, is attempting to introduce ’double-shifting’, meaning collections run from 6am to 9.45pm.

Councillors voted on the change in May 2015 as part of efforts to save money. The council said the move also protects jobs.

Unite called strikes for 22 and 27 April and 5 May, after imposing a ban on overtime and work to rule since 14 March and a one-hour stoppage on 17 March.

The council said it was continuing to discuss the new working arrangements with Unite, and is planning contingency arrangements for householders.

Mike Newall, South Ayrshire’s head of neighbourhood services, said: “I am disappointed that Unite has announced further stoppages, but we will continue our ongoing discussions and we thank our householders and business customers for their patience and co-operation during the industrial action.”

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