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Industrial Action

Following the industrial action which took place at the end of March and from 25 - 1 May, further action will take place across all 11 councils by Unite.

Mid Ulster will be affected by a further period of industrial action from Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 8 May.

The action relates to a dispute over the 2021-2022 pay award, which is negotiated nationally by the National Joint Council (NJC) on behalf of councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Individual councils do not, therefore, enter into separate negotiations on pay with individual Trade Unions.

The pay award for 2021-2022 has been agreed at 1.75% and the increase has been implemented by the Council.

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.

Bin Collection Service

  • There will be no brown bin collections from Monday 25 April to Friday 29 April and from Tuesday 3 May to Friday 6 May. These bins will now be emptied on their next scheduled collection day during the weeks commencing Monday 9 May and Monday 16 May.

  • We worked to collect blue bins from Monday 25 April to Friday 29 April. If your blue bin was not collected during this period, it will now be collected on your next scheduled collection day during week commencing 9 May.

  • If we have sufficient staff, we will work to collect black bins from Tuesday 3 May to Friday 6 May.

  • While we cannot guarantee collection, we are nonetheless asking residents to leave their black 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 black bins are not emptied on their normal collection day, 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. We will collect black bins again on their next scheduled collection day, during the week 16 May.

  • Where we have not been able to collect black bins, we will accept up to a maximum of 2 additional waste bags on the next scheduled collection day during the week commencing 16 May.

  • The bin collection service will operate as normal on Monday 2 May, including for brown bins, as this day is not included in the dates on which strike action will take place.

  • Our recycling centres will remain open during the industrial action. They will, however, close as planned on Monday 2 May for the bank holiday.

  • The scheduled closure of Magherafelt Recycling Centre (25 April - 2 May inclusive) will go ahead. This is to allow temporary recycling facilities to be installed while major refurbishment work takes place. The Centre will re-open on Tuesday 3 May.

Leisure Services

There will also be an impact on 2 of leisure centres: Cookstown Leisure Centre and Greenvale Leisure Centre

We anticipate that:

  • There will be no public swimming lessons and no school swimming lessons in Cookstown and Greenvale Leisure Centres from Monday 25 April to Sunday 8 May.

  • The swimming pools will be closed in Cookstown Leisure Centre and Greenvale Leisure Centre on Tuesday 3 May. The availability of swimming in both centres will be reviewed on a daily basis thereafter and we will update our customers each day on the centres’ Facebook pages.

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

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

We anticipate that all other services and facilities, including our cemeteries, play facilities, parks, arts and cultural facilities, will operate as normal.

We regret the inconvenience caused to our residents by the industrial action and will keep the situation under review as the week progresses.
 

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