crews shortage in Somerset 'due to Brexit and Hinkley Point build'
refuse collection firm has said it is struggling to recruit crews
due to Brexit and competition from the Hinkley Point C building
which carries out bin collections for Somerset Waste Partnership
(SWP) in the Burnham-On-Sea area, said it has daily staff shortages.
Mark Blaker from SWP says these factors are having "a growing
impact" on the ability to recruit permanent staff.
driver shortage was revealed in a report to the Somerset Waste Board,
which met in Taunton on Friday.
remedy the situation, SWP is offering new incentives to drivers,
including a £300 recruitment bonus and flexible working hours.
his written report, Mr Blaker said: "The SWP have introduced
weekly conference calls with Kier directors to ensure performance
does not degrade. It
is also investigating opportunities for improved promotion and collaborative
solutions with partner authorities."
Blaker added that the quality of refuse collections "suffers
when inexperienced drivers are employed." He
said the Brexit impact centred around the weak pound and "uncertainty
of future residency rights."
Managing Director, Mickey Green, told the Somerset Waste Board they
were about 10-15 drivers short on a regular basis, describing it
as a "big issue" for collections in the area. He
added the HGV driver shortage reflected national trends, pointing
not only to Brexit but also new EU rules about driver training.
nuclear power station build also meant there was growing demand
from the nuclear construction site and its suppliers to deliver
equipment and materials, a spokesperson for SWP said.
of the Somerset Waste Board, councillor Derek Yeomans, said: "We
should be advertising these jobs as a fitness course. These people
are walking 10 to 15 miles a day."