The Ministry of Public Works said that as of 5pm today [June 25], garbage collection in the West Zones has been completed, and crews are now focusing on the East Zones which they hope to have cleared by the end of day Wednesday.
The delay in garbage collection was caused by the industrial action at the Government Quarry. Locals have been complaining about the unsightly trash buildup around the island, with many stating their neigbourhoods are starting to have a foul odour due to it. Garbage collection workers are now working overtime to clear the backlog.
Minister of Public Works Trevor Moniz said, “While we are doing our utmost to work within the constraints of an already restricted budget, the safety and health of the residents had to take precedence.
“Therefore, I took the decision on Monday to authorize overtime to immediately address the backlog of garbage that had piled up around the island. This backlog was further compounded by the public holiday last Monday”.
The Minister went on to say that, “This wildcat strike and sympathy action by other workers was not legal and the Minister will be seeking advice from the Attorney General as to the way forward should such action be considered in the future.
“That the safety and health of the residents should not be put at risk when workers decide to take action because they are not in agreement with a management decision. There is a process that is clearly outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement which must be followed. And this process is for both the employer and the respective Unions to abide by”.
The Ministry said they would like to thank the residents for their continued patience and apologizes for the inconvenience caused over the past week.