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Bin runs axed by Council (the same Council that pays almost 1,000 in mileage every single day)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

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ANTRIM and Newtownabbey Council has been accused of leaving dozens of workers on the scrapheap after it voted to privatise key parts of the bin run.
Refuse workers travelled to Mossley Mill for last week's monthly meeting, aware that their futures were hanging by a thread.
But they were denied the chance to hear the debate on their jobs, with the council effectively barring them by holding the discussions behind closed doors.
The council may have tried to keep it under wraps, but they were never going to be able to keep the lid on this - not with so much at stake.
The chamber had been asked to outsource - or privatise for want of a better word - the last remaining waste service in Newtownabbey, the black bins.
Over in the legacy Antrim area, it was the brown bins that were in the firing line. The blue and black bins would remain under council control - for the time being at least.
The plan was rubber-stamped by 10 votes to 23. At the stroke of a pen, one of the key services to ratepayers was significantly changed - and they had no say in it.
Meanwhile it has emerged that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has paid out almost 1,000 in mileage claims every single day over the last two years.
*Read the full stories in this week's Antrim Guardian

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