Following Delays, Garbage Now Being Collected

June 19, 2013

_MG_9288[Updated] The Public Works Ministry has not responded to yet our request for clarification on when garbage collection would begin again, however workers were seen out today [June 19] making their rounds collecting garbage.

The delays were caused by the recent industrial action, and numerous comments have been left on Bernews with people complaining about their trash not being picked up, with some noting the odor it was creating.

On Friday [June 14] the Ministry of Public Works said there was a delay in the collection of garbage in the East End, and it would be picked up on Tuesday [June 18]. In many areas of the East End collection did not take place on Tuesday, however seems to be underway today.

Last week some of the Works & Engineering staff downed tools in support of a colleague who was suspended for the unauthorized use of a Government vehicle.

The situation was resolved yesterday, with the Ministry of Public Works advised that the workers would return on work this morning. It was agreed that the employee will receive a one day suspension and that the remaining employees that took part in the walk out will be paid for 2 ½ days out of the 4 days away from work.

Update 2.37pm: The Ministry of Public Works said they “would like to advise residents that as a result of the industrial action at the Government Quarry which has now been resolved, there has been a delay in garbage collection to both residents in the East and West End’s of the Island.

“Collection staff resumed regular garbage collection this morning and are in the process of addressing the backlog of garbage which has increased over the public holiday weekend.

“In the meantime the Ministry advises residents to either re-bag their garbage or bring their garbage to the Tynes Bay Public Drop Off Facility on Palmetto Road, Devonshire for proper disposal.

“In addition residents are advised to use a disinfectant that may be purchased from a local store to mitigate unsanitary conditions until the garbage is collected.

“The Ministry has advised that it will take the necessary steps to clear the backlog and the Ministry apologizes for the inconvenience caused over the past week.”

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  1. Family Man says:

    They’ll be expecting some overtime!

  2. Sad Truth says:

    but of course, they’ll expect to make that 1 1/2 days lost wages back in overtime now ..

  3. Joonya says:

    Sorry bunch of pr***s

  4. Deliverance says:

    if the union cannot control its members (these wildcat strikes and down tools hissy fits) then they should be unwound. where’s the financials anyways? these lot…. smh

  5. aquamarine says:

    This is such a joke anyway because east end garbage is hardly ever picked up on a regularly scheduled Tuesday. Most weeks it is Wednesday. People still diligently put out their trash on a Tuesday and it usually sits all day until some point on Wednesday. Nothing new!

  6. Y-Gurl says:

    With works and engineerings tiny contribution to society it would take a very long time for us to notice any withdrawal or slowdown of service their worthless contribution is an unmanaged on and off again effort and perhaps what should be more disturbing is the fact they can withdraw services without any punitive measures being taken against them

    • Mazumbo says:

      Funny, its been one day trash has not been picked up and people are making noise, let your trash accumulate for a few weeks and see how a(tiny contribution to society) would effect you.LOL

      • Y-Gurl says:

        There’s PLENTY of private contractors who want to work that could fill that void and cost us less so don’t go there

  7. lightbulb...... says:

    They have lost their minds if they are expecting us to go out and RE-BAG the trash or put them in our cars or even purchase disinfectant from any local store.

  8. Toodle-oo says:

    And therein lies the problem . Until we have a government that has the b@lls to treat workers who illegally walk off the job to support co-workers who should have been fired as staff who have resigned their jobs this will continue.

    Stop rewarding bad behaviour. They might have grown up with it as the norm in their private dysfunctional family lives but it should not and does not work in the ‘real’ business world.

    For God’s sake , start docking them everytime they walk out illegally and this will stop in very short order. Who’s in charge ? The workers or the people who pay their wages ? ?

    • Realist says:

      Good question dummy…The UNIONs are in charge!

      One thing to remember about a Democracy, majority rules!

      There will always be an Upper ‘Class’ and a Lower ‘Class’…Guess who will always need the other to pick up their trash!

      You don’t even see that the UNION is showing you, clear as day, how they are in charge!

      “Until the philosophy, which holds one ‘Class’ superior than another….”

      Thanks Bob. I knew what you were saying. Relevant in the past, today and in the near future!

      • Mazumbo says:

        It makes me laugh how a certain segment of Bermuda have a hatred for the UNION when they don’t realize that Unions where started in the South when SLAVES where freed and the whites had to organize to get jobs because the FREED SLAVES where skilled to do jobs that their former masters applied for. Karma is a female dog. LOL

        • Moojun says:

          That may well be the start of Unions as far as American history is concerned, but Unions go back way before this in terms of World history. If we ignore the medieval guilds, then Unions first emerged in their current form during the Industrial Revolution in Europe during the period of 1760-1830(ish) when working class people were justifiably first threatened by machines which could do their work faster and cheaper.

          Basically, Unions arise whenever the established workforce feels threatened. It is not, as you allude to above, a black vs. white thing. It’s a survival thing which, let’s face it, is fully understandable when the rights being fought for are honourable and just. This I think is where Unions may have started to lose there way recently.

          • Moojun says:

            *their* , not there.

          • Joonya says:

            Who cares about both of yours history lessons.
            In Bermuda the Union only serves to promote laziness, lack of acountablility and ownernship, and to disrupt normal civilised living for Bermudians and visitors, and to also promote the attitude and etitlement that you can do what you want on the jobsite without any ‘real’ repercussions.

            • Mazumbo says:

              For your information its the help of the Union in Bermuda why we can enjoy (civilised living in Bermuda.

          • Mazumbo says:

            It seems to be a black vs. white thing when it comes to Bermuda Unions, and us as black people understand about the (survival thing).

  9. Observant says:

    RE-bag it or take it to Tynes Bay? Like hell….thankfully, ours has now been collected. If there’s a smell down there, W & E can come and disinfect.

  10. Triangle Drifter says:

    The wildcat strike this past week is an excellent reason for trash collection to be privatized.

  11. Joonya says:

    Bullsh***. It is now Thursday and my trash is still there!
    It is almost the third pickup day since it has been sitting there.
    Pathetic. Minister do something about this. I know if I delayed my responsibilities that long on my job my @ss would be on the street looking for a new one. This sh*t has to stop. Show some b@lls!

  12. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Paying taxes to not have my trash collected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • swing voter says:

      ya I’m in yur corner @ Truth….I know these guys feel begrudged and disgruntled because the f**** around in high school…. Now they are older, 2.5 kids with 3 different women (go figure) and their wages garnished by family court taking half their salary. They have now grown up as angry ‘men’ because life has changed with no upward progression…..parents have a lot to answer for especially absentee dads and angry single mothers.

  13. Ty says:

    Do what I do and take the trash and put it outside BIU. At least I know W & E are definitely going to see. They are there more than where they should be.