Disruption to Council services ‘likely’ as a result of strike action
Updated: Apr 23, 2022
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has advised residents that some level of disruption is likely next week due to ongoing industrial action by staff.
Unite the Union announced further strike action for the last week in April and early May, blaming employers for failing to provide an improved pay offer to workers.
A council spokesperson told Love Ballymena:
“There is likely to be disruption over the next two weeks to some council services as a result of a notified strike by Unite the Union from Monday 25 April to Sunday 1 May, and again from Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 8 May.
“We’re working hard to minimise the impact caused by this industrial action, with as many services as possible operating as normal or with minimal disruption. However, bin collections, street cleansing, recycling centres and leisure centres are likely to be impacted most.”
It is understood waste collection services, particularly in Carrickfergus, will be impacted.
As a result, a bin lorry for household waste in black bags will be available at Sullatober Household Recycling Centre (HRC), Carrickfergus, during the two weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
A bin lorry will also be available at Glassillan Grove, Greenisland - Tuesday and Thursday, between 9am and 4pm.
With regards to leisure, there will be no swimming available at Larne Leisure Centre and school sessions will not be available at Ballymena’s Seven Towers Leisure Centre.
Swimming at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre will also be affected. During the two weeks of industrial action, the main pool will open for public swimming only during the following times:
Monday - 7.30am - 3pm
Tuesday - 8.45am - 3pm
Wednesday - 7.30am - 3pm
Thursday - 8.45am - 3pm
Friday - Pool closed
Saturday - Pool closed
Sunday - Open as normal
All other leisure centre activities remain unaffected at this time and MEAqua swimming lessons will continue as normal.
As the weather continues to improve, with increased numbers of visitors to coastal and park areas, Council have appealed to the public to responsibly manage any waste they may have, and consider taking any rubbish home for disposal, where appropriate.
The Council spokesperson has advised the public to follow updates on social channels and website to keep up to date during the industrial action.