EASTBOURNE LibDem Josh Babarinde says he is ‘disappointed’ Eastbourne bin workers were prevented from working by those striking.

And he has called for ‘a service continuity plan to be in place until negotiations conclude.’

Josh posted: “As soon as I learnt about the 31st December strike, I pressed for two things:

1. For an agreement to be reached – ASAP – between all those negotiating to secure a resolution that is sustainable for everyone involved: our bin workers and the taxpayer

2. For a service continuity plan to be in place until negotiations conclude, which would see the 31st December collections (and others if needed be) carried out by those staff who were not part of the strike action.

On point 1: Every day I continue to liaise with colleagues who are part of the negotiations to keep up the momentum for a constructive deal. I will continue to do this because that’s what I’ve been elected to do. This is the number one goal.

On point 2: You’ll know that the plan to continue the bin service with staff who were not part of the strike was stopped by a union representative who stood in front of the bin lorries as they attempted to leave the depot. I wholly respect the right of workers to withdraw their labour. I also respect the right of those workers who choose not to strike and want to carry on with their job. I’m disappointed that those who stood ready to collect our bins on 31st had that choice taken away from them. I would urge that the rights of those not striking are honoured too. [The lawyers have been brought in to advise on this].”