South Holland District Council approves new package of measures for its waste crews
South Holland District Council has formally approved a series of recommendations to 'support its waste crews' and attract new bin lorry drivers.
The package includes 'better pay, new working patterns and further support, training and progression opportunities'.
As previously reported, the deal had been agreed by councillors in a bid to reduce the reliance on agency staff and avoid issues caused by the national driver shortage.
It's now been given the green light by staff and will be rolled out.
The council says it has acted quickly to 'protect and develop' its workforce so that it can keep up refuse, recycling and garden waste collections.
A council statement said: "South Holland's crews are also regularly noted for the role they play in the local community, whether it's a smile and wave even in the more challenging weather conditions or going above and beyond their duties to help residents or report issues they spot back to staff at the council."
Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for environmental services, : "I am pleased that my fellow councillors have supported these proposals to help recognise the importance of our waste collection service and environmental services team in South Holland.
"Every single one of us benefits from the hard work they do, and ensuring they feel valued as a team and are provided with the opportunities for personal and continuing development is so important.
"These changes will help us continue to grow a skilled and dedicated workforce, and to build a resilient service to meet any further challenges that may come our way."