Coventry City Council has confirmed there may be disruptions to bin collections after protests were held outside the Tom White Waste depot today (May 13). Crews were said to have been delayed by around half an hour while protesters blocked the entrance to the depot.
However, the council say that the protestors were swiftly moved on by the security team. Police were also informed about the incident.
Unite confirmed that the protesters were not affiliated with the trade union. It is therefore likely that the disruption was caused by a group of ‘local activists’, the union said.
Just last week, bin lorry drivers from Tom White Waste were again delayed after protesters blocked the entrance to the depot. It caused a significant amount of disruption to collections across the city.
Private firm Tom White Waste has been brought in to collect bins amid the ongoing strike action by council-employed bin lorry drivers. Strikers are fighting for ‘better pay’ and have been on an all-out strike since January.
A spokesman for Coventry City Council said: “We can confirm there was protest action this morning (May 13) at Tom White Waste’s site, which delayed bin crews leaving by around 30 minutes. Our security team were able to move on the protestors and the police have been informed.”