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Council’s ‘Secret Plan’ to Privatise Bin Collections Set to Cause 50 Job Cuts

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


We are concerned for members’ jobs and the rest of the service both now and for the long term.

A secret decision by to privatise bin collections in Newtownabbey and Antrim will cause 50 job cuts, says GMB.

Last night, councillors voted behind closed doors to outsource black bin collections in the legacy Newtownabbey area and the brown bins in the legacy Antrim area.

This decision will mean a further 50 jobs will be lost with many if not all of the employees living within the area.

GMB says this is a clear example of the council attempting to make so called savings by outsourcing a public service and doing away with local jobs.

GMB represents the majority of staff within the council and continues to be in dispute with the authority after it failed to provide the cost of other options being considered by the council.

Alan Perry, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“We were due to meet with senior management on Thursday, for the first time in a long while, to discuss the possibility of re-engaging again on collective issue.

“But last night’s secretive decision has cast a dark cloud over the discussions.

“We are concerned for our members jobs and the rest of the service both now and for the long term.

“While the council officers won't give any commitment that other services will not be affected it is clear that this council, along with its elected representatives, are putting savings before jobs.

“GMB will meet with reps in the coming days to decide what action to take.”


Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at

Previous press release:

'Secret' Deal To Privatise Bin Collections

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Making cash will come before collections if service outsourced, according to unions.

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