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Industrial Action

A further period of localised industrial action by UNITE the Union began in Mid Ulster on Monday 25 July and will continue for 4 weeks until Sunday 21 August.

Have a question about the strike? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Update on additional facilities at recycling centres on Saturday 13 August**

While we have emptied as many black, brown and blue bins as we can this week (week commencing 8 August), we know that the current industrial action means many of our residents are struggling to store or dispose of their waste and recycling.

We know using a recycling centre isn’t an option for everyone, however, if you are able to transport your waste and recycling, we will have bin lorries in our 3 main recycling centres in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt tomorrow – Saturday 13 August – to ensure we have sufficient capacity to take additional waste. There will also be a bin lorry in Tullyvar Recycling Centre and in Coalisland Recycling Centre.

We have bin lifters in both Coalisland (for black bins) and Dungannon recycling centres (for black and blue bins), but would advise bringing your waste bagged, rather than in your bins to the other centres.**

Impact of industrial action on Mid Ulster Residents

Our bin collection services will be impacted significantly and 2 of our leisure centres will also be affected. (Cookstown and Greenvale)

Bin Collection Service

  • If we have sufficient staff available for routes on any given day, we will work to collect bins where possible during this four week period. Regrettably, we believe that the vast majority of bins will not be emptied.

  • While we cannot guarantee collection, we are nonetheless asking residents to leave their bins out for collection by 7.30am on their normal collection days. This will allow us to empty bins where we have sufficient crews in place to do so.

  • If bins are not emptied on their normal collection day during the four weeks, we are asking residents to take their bins back in from the kerbside. This means we have not been able to operate the service in their area and we apologise for missing the week’s collection.

  • It is anticipated that scheduled collections will return as normal the week starting Monday 22 August. 

  • Where we have not been able to collect bins during the period of industrial action, we will accept up to a maximum of 2 additional waste bags on the next scheduled collection day during the week commencing Monday 22 August.

  • Bulky household waste collections and bin purchases have been suspended during the four week period.

  • Our recycling centres will remain open.

  • Grass cutting services at some Council facilities, pitches, sports and leisure facilities and town/villages areas may be limited during the industrial action.

Leisure Services

There will also be an impact on some of the leisure activities which our residents enjoy.

  • Public swimming lessons (group and intensive lessons) will be suspended in Cookstown and Greenvale Leisure Centres during this period of industrial action.  Customers will be contacted over the coming days to advise on re-imbursement.

  • The swimming pools and health suite will be closed in Cookstown Leisure Centre during this period of industrial action.

  • The availability of swimming and the health suite in Greenvale Leisure Centre will be reviewed on a daily basis and we will update our customers each day on the centre's social media channel.  Please note there is likely to be restricted service provision during this period

  • Our gym provision and fitness classes in Cookstown and Greenvale Leisure Centres may also be reduced and again we will provide daily updates for our customers via the centres’ social media channels and our online leisure booking system. 

  • Leisure Membership holders at Cookstown and Greenvale Leisure Centres will be contacted to arrange reimbursement for any membership costs lost during industrial action.

  • Our summer scheme provision is supported via a partnership with an external provider, therefore, it is anticipated that there will be no impact experienced for this service

  • Dungannon Leisure Centre, including the pool and lessons, will be unaffected by the action and will operate as normal across the four-week period.

  • Maghera Leisure Centre, Meadowbank Sports Arena, Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Moneymore Recreation Centre and Tobermore Golf Centre will be unaffected by the action and will operate as normal across the four-week period.

We anticipate that all other services and facilities, including our cemeteries, play facilities, parks, arts and cultural facilities, will operate as normal. There may however be some disruption to service standards and reactive services.
We regret the inconvenience caused to our residents by the industrial action taken by UNITE the Union and, as always, will keep the situation under review as the time period progresses.

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