Latest strike begins at recycling centre

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A THIRD three-day strike begins today at Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres.

Workers at the centres in Deepcar, Gleadless Valley, High Green, Shirecliffe and Woodhouse, are walking out until Friday in protest at cuts to opening hours and the loss of five jobs.

Sheffield Council and contractors Veolia and Sova say they will keep the sites at Longley Avenue West, Shirecliffe, and Beighton Road, Woodhouse, open on each day between 10am and 6pm.

Stephen Bennett, operations director for subcontractor Sova Recycling, said: “We’ve put plans in place to ensure the public can continue to dispose of household waste safely and responsibly.

“We’re committed to keeping two of the five sites open during the industrial action.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We obviously want to see an end to this action as soon as possible.

“Unfortunately, the funding the council receives from Government has been cut to such an extent that we had no other choice but to make these changes.

“If there was an alternative we would have taken it.”

Striking workers are holding a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall before this afternoon’s full council meeting, which starts at 2pm.

The demonstration also involves members of Sheffield Socialist Party and officials from the recycling workers’ union, the GMB.

A petition will then be presented to councillors opposing cuts in recycling services.