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Dustcart drivers impatient to leave early moan that I'm too slow

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I work as a street cleaner, one of those guys you see litter picking and pushing a hand barrow around the town for the local contractor who the council employs to do all their rubbish.  I occasionally like this morning get asked to work on the dustcarts as a loader when they are short of staff, which means my job goes undone but that's another story.

dustcart driver: moaned about having me on his round

I was doing this today but the trouble was that I was replacing a loader who was there and was supposed to be learning the round I was on as the driver today is going on holiday in a couple of weeks and they need someone who can help his holiday cover do it.

Dustcart driver - impatient and wants to leave early The rub lies in that the driver that the other loader was sent with moaned about having me on his round and said I was too slow and would add time to his day.  He didn't have the balls to say it to me,. just the office person.

My driver today was a little annoyed with me at times: yes I'm not the fastest but I didn't in fairness ask to be doing this round, I'm happy to be doing the barrows and I can do a good job.

Besides which and this is to all the drivers: Don't make plans for after work based on when you expect to finish.  Just because we can leave early if we get done sooner doesn't mean I'm going to kill myself for your benefit, we're still usually within our paid hours by the time we finish anyway when I do the loading.

By: ahforfoulkessake


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ahforfoulkessake

ahforfoulkessake

Thanks Disillusioned.
I have half a mind to not help this driver again if I am asked but my contract says that they can make me do other jobs than the one I currently do daily.

Charmbrights, I think you have a good point that they are inefficient and personally I don't see why the tip where its dumped cant sort it out but we have the problem here in my borough that people throw their waste in public litter bins and some shops and other houses also expect you to take stuff that's not in the bins. They sometimes have even attacked refuse men (in other boroughs, not mine) for not taking stuff that they are not supposed to as taking every little bit would put the lorry overweight at the tip and we have had drivers get sacked over it.

I bet if you withheld council tax they would be on the case, typical. All I can suggest is if you know anyone who needs compost for their garden or allotments to give them your food waste.
ahforfoulkessake
21st Nov 16 12:11

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Charmbrights

Charmbrights

Our council (Caerphilly County Borough) send out "news" releases that BBC and ITV broadcast as "news" that we need to separate our waste more accurately, especially our weekly food waste. Their record collecting food waste from my street lately is ONCE in October and ONCE in November. Complaints to elected officers, including the self-styled "Cabinet Member responsible" and "Leader of the Council" achieve nothing. Why should I care if the actual employees simply do not do the job for which they are paid?

The answer to that question is the same unelected council employees, or at least their equally unelected bosses, will prosecute me if I don't sort the waste according to their diktats.
Charmbrights
19th Nov 16 06:11

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Disillusioned.

Disillusioned.

Good of you to help out.. he'd be finished even later if the "crew" were a man down. Bet he wouldn't do your job for a week!
Disillusioned.
19th Nov 16 08:11

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