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Anger grows as move to fortnightly bin collections could see one in five binmen lose their jobs

Anger grows as move to fortnightly bin collections could see one in five binmen lose their jobs


Anger grows as move to fortnightly bin collections could see one in five binmen lose their jobs

ONE in five binmen could lose their jobs if Bradford Council goes ahead with controversial plans to ditch weekly bin collections, unions have warned.
Cost-cutting plans plans put forward by the council's Labour administration would see general waste and recycling waste collected on alternate weeks across the district from 2017, saving £1 million a year.
But there is now growing anger about the proposals, with unions and the council's Conservative opposition both calling for a re-think.
According to unions, the district currently has 265 refuse collectors, the equivalent of 197 full-time roles.
Under the proposals, 40 full-time equivalent posts would be under threat - 20 per cent of the workforce.
Lynda Andrews, branch chairman of Unison, said the refuse teams were very upset at the threat to their jobs.
She said: "Morale is pretty low. Bear in mind these are low-paid workers in public services and all these cuts are hitting front-line services.
"We should be looking at stripping out tiers of management and not recruiting managers at high levels, right across the council."
Councillor Simon Cooke, leader of the Conservative group, said the proposed cut would hit everybody in the district.

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