Strike action suspended following positive talks

21 May 2021

Thurrock Council is pleased to announce that strike action in the waste service has been suspended while positive negotiations are ongoing with the trade union, Unite.

This is a significant step forward in the discussions with 3 trade unions and is particularly good news for residents, who rightly value the regular waste collection service they receive.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I am pleased that our ongoing discussions with the trade unions have resulted in Unite the Union suspending their waste collection strike action meaning that we can welcome our highly valued waste collection staff back to work next week.

"The council has always maintained its commitment to reaching an agreed outcome and although the negotiations are ongoing, this positive step by Unite is welcomed.

Cllr Andrews Jefferies, Cabinet member for environment, said: "I know how important the waste collection service is to all our residents so it is fantastic news that the service will be reinstated from Monday 24 May across the borough. I thank all residents for continuing to work with the council by responsibly using the bring sites during the last few weeks."

Household waste collections are set to resume from Monday 24 May, with additional work taking place to collect waste and recycling that has built up as a result of the reduced collections over the course of the last few weeks.

Waste drop-off points will remain open this weekend as planned to allow residents to dispose of bagged household waste before collections resume next week. For more details, go to