Waste collection savings could bin jobs fear union bosses

UNION leaders have raised concerns over job losses as Staffordshire Moorlands District Council presses ahead to save more than a million pounds on its waste collection service.

As from July 1 rubbish collections in the Moorlands will switch to Alliance Environmental Services (AES).

AES have been working for the Moorlands authority’s partner, Derbyshire-based High Peak, since last summer.

Sixty SMDC binmen, street cleaners, grounds maintenance teams, mechanics and fitters will see their jobs switched to the new employer.

The GMB has expressed concerns over the long-term effects of the cost-cutting move.

A union spokesman said: “The councils are looking for £1.2 million in savings. In a service which is primarily driven by people, we are concerned there will be job losses – there is a track record here of reducing costs by laying off staff.”