Aug 21, 2008 News Comments Off on ‘Go-slow’ impedes garbage collection at Linden
– IMC chairman frustrated with ‘arbitrary’ action
Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the Linden Municipality, Orrin Gordon, on Monday expressed total dissatisfaction and frustration with workers, who took it upon themselves to proceed with industrial action, without any form of consultation.
The workers have not been working for over a week, resulting in huge garbage pile-ups, especially on Coop Crescent, an area noted for rapid build-ups of refuse due to its proximity to the Mackenzie Market.
This situation was only alleviated last Sunday, with help from the Region and other volunteers, who cleared the unsightly heaps, Gordon said.
In that exercise, thirty-six tonnes of debris was cleared.
According to Gordon, the workers’ “sit-in” or “go-slow” stemmed from the external advertising of the Town Clerk position, which is presently vacant.
Gordon said that he is completely surprised at the workers’ actions, given the fact that only two persons from within the organization indicated interest in the Town Clerk position.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Local Government advised that the position be advertised externally, which was done.
It was pointed out that previously, Town Clerks were selected from within the Municipality, until recently when the Ministry advised to advertise externally.
“People want the position and the salary, but unfortunately, quite often, they are unable to deliver,” Gordon noted, while positing that the Council needs a competent and firm individual to appoint as Town Clerk.
Supervision generally at the Town Council is a major problem, according to Gordon, who cited the issue of garbage collection, as another major challenge for workers who seem incapable of developing a proper work plan.
Gordon described the sit-in as ludicrous, noting that the very workers who are involved in this action would expect to be paid their salaries, yet they are turning away persons who turn up to pay their rates and taxes.
“Where is the money going to come from?” he asked.
He noted that the Municipal coffers are presently bare, as collections were not done since last week.
It was further reported that monies currently available cannot take care of even such basic expenditures as wages and salaries.
To date there has been no formal notification of the action presently being taken by the workers, Gordon said.
According to reports, the Council is currently awaiting the findings of arbitration to go ahead with interviews, to determine who will be the next Town Clerk. (Enid Joaquin)
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