The planned bin strike for tomorrow is still on after drivers rejected the council’s latest proposals.
Mark Turner of the GMB union, which represents the drivers, said; “We have had a number of discussions with council officers which culminated in a proposal they put forward to attempt to avert current action.
“Unfortunately our members rejected this because the timeframes that were set by the council weren’t considered reasonable and they still have little confidence that management would meaningfully look at their job description and take into account the professional element of their driving licence.
“We have informed the council today of the position, but have clearly stated that we are willing to continue discussions to attempt to resolve the situation
“We can only apologise again for the effect this has on the public but this is not of our members making and we have been trying to resolve this for an considerable number of weeks before taking any industrial action.”
Leader of the council’s Labour group Warren Morgan said: “Residents will have run out of patience on this and we do not see that further action is justified in light of the offer from the council.
“We urge those taking action to think again and return to work, so that people across the city who have no part in this dispute can once again have their bins collected.”
A statement on Brighton and Hove City Council’s website says: “We’re really sorry for the disruption the continuing industrial action is causing across the city.
“All crews are out on their scheduled rounds, including the communal refuse and recycling crews, There are also two spare crews out collecting refuse, who will be focussing on the Preston Park area (including Waldegrave Road) and Hanover.
“During the industrial action we are limited in our ability to provide additional resources to catch up any missed collections as the drivers continue to ‘work to rule’.
“If your collection has been missed please leave your containers out and we will catch up when we can. We are continuing discussions with the GMB union and looking at a full service redesign to ensure we meet the needs of the city and to resolve work to rule.”
The strikes are part of an ongoing row over pay and conditions which has been ongoing for almost five years.
It was sparked by a reorganisation of pay and conditions throughout the council to ensure that similarly skilled people doing roles traditionally carried out by either men or women are paid the same.
While most issues have now been resolved, the latest strikes centre on the question of how skilled the truck drivers are.
CityClean workers are also working to rule, which means a ban on overtime and no picking up rubbish not placed in bins or recycling boxes.
The strike follows months of unreliable collections, often due to trucks breaking down, which means rubbish was already piling up on the city’s streets.