Notice of Strike Action and Disruption to Council Services

Friday 18th March 2022

++This page will be updated in line with any changes to services as a result of the strike.++

The Council, like a number of other public bodies, has been formally notified by the Unite Union of strike action by its members from 21 March until 27 March 2022.

It is understood that the ballot for this strike action related to the 2021/22 pay increase.  Unite was seeking a 10% pay rise.  Pay increases are negotiated nationally on behalf of councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Ards and North Down Borough Council cannot enter into separate local negotiations on pay with Unite.  The 2021/22 pay award has been agreed between the employers and the unions at 1.75%.  There is no national pay dispute.

As a result of this action, there will be disruption to Council services.

The information below will be updated as appropriate throughout the week: please check back regularly as any further changes to services will be listed here.

  • During week commencing 21 March 2022 there will be no household kerbside bin collections across the Borough.  It will not be possible to offer a ‘catch up’ service after the strike period.  During week commencing 28 March collections will be as per the existing collection calendar.  To help manage your waste during the period please consider our waste minimisation tips – copied below. 
  • Please be aware that no extra waste will be collected next week when collections resume: so please ensure you take action to manage this. 
  • Household Recycling Centres at Balloo and Holywood will be closed all week.  Kircubbin will be be open from Tuesday to Saturday (edit: initially was only to be open Friday and Saturday).  We will endeavour to keep other sites open throughout the week but please be aware sites may need to close quickly during the day if we do not have staff available to clear full skips.  
  • Public toilet availability may be impacted. 

We appreciate this level of disruption will be frustrating for some and ask that residents work with us during the week of the strike while some services will unavailable/ reduced. 

Further, relevant, updates will be provided on the Council’s social media channels and website during the week. Residents with specific queries/concerns can contact the the Council on 0300 013 3333 and select option 7: calls will be directed to dedicated call handlers dealing with strike/waste queries.

To avoid problems with excess waste, please note the following guidance:

  • Minimise the amount of waste, recycling and food waste you produce. You can find tips for reducing food waste here: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
  • Flatten your recycling, such as cardboard boxes, cartons and plastic bottles, to save space in your recycling container.
  • Set excess waste to the side/store safely at home until services resume
  • Avoid doing activities that unnecessarily generate excess waste during this short-term period , e.g.  household ‘clear outs’ or excessive garden maintenance that can be left to a later date
  • Don’t burn waste at home. This creates air pollution.  
  • Note - Fly-tipping is illegal and impacts public health and our environment. It is a criminal offence to dump waste illegally. If you come into possession of any information relating to the illegal disposal of waste, please report details to the Council Neighbourhood Environment Team or to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency who will pursue enforcement action.