County Council plans to reduce recycling centres from 20 to seven

Norfolk recycling tipRecycling workers in Norfolk are considering industrial action after the privatised company running the service for the county council are planning to close 13 sites.

The council is also looking at making some sites part-time, increasing fees and reducing summer opening times. The changes will have a severe impact on residents and staff.

GMB regional organiser Ivan Mercer said: “These proposals have not been well thought out. But these proposals will affect every GMB member and resident of Norfolk.

“The council’s ultimate aim is to reduce the number of sites from 20, mostly rural and some part time sites, to 7 super centres across the whole of a mainly rural county. Forcing thousands of people to travel further in their cars to recycle and cannot be green.

“This will have a devastating effect on the job security and morale of staff providing the service. These men and women provide an excellent service in a sometimes difficult environment. Most are low paid and I know many rely on benefits.”

  • Meanwhile, a second strike ballot is looming at Darwen Chemicals Plant after the company issued redundancy notices to 241 workers. GMB national officer Stuart Fegan said: “Lucite International is playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with our member’s jobs. Both GMB and Unite are preparing to ballot members again to get a new mandate for escalated industrial action.”

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