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Potential Industrial Action - Friday 6 October

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is preparing for planned industrial action. This is for UNISON members employed by the council.

This is in relation to a pay dispute relating to the pay award for 2023/24. If the issue is not resolved, UNISON intend to take strike action on 6 October and commence an ongoing period of work to rule from Monday 9 October. 

If industrial action does go ahead, we will have to delay green bin and bulky waste collection services on Friday 6 October to allow us to prioritise collecting your household and recycling waste. Garden waste collections that were due on Friday 6 will be moved to Saturday 7 if the action is taken by UNISON.

Most of our services will be delivered as normal, and you can stay up to date with all the latest information about any disruption to services. 


  • Stay 2 metres away from the waters edge at all times, this includes rivers, lakes and streams

  • Do not collect items such as barrels or cannisters which contain liquids. These could include harmful chemicals and must be reported to us as a fly tip

  • Wear a hi-vis jacket at all times to ensure you are visible

  • Use grabbers to pick up ALL litter, including glass and metal items

  • Be aware of your environment to avoid risks

  • Pick during full daylight hours

  • Clean hands thoroughly before eating and drinking

  • Wear stout shoes and weather appropriate clothing

  • Stay clear of water, rock, mud and other potentially unstable or hazardous surfaces

  • Follow local rules, our guidelines, including safe and lawful parking

  • Avoid contact with the body when carrying any bags of litter

  • Ensure all cuts or abrasions are clean and covered with a waterproof plaster


  • Pick up any items that cannot be easily identified or are clearly hazardous, including needles and drug paraphernalia. Report any potentially dangerous items to us by completing the online Street Cleaning Request form below.

  • Try to remove dead or live animals. Please report these to us by completing the online Street Cleaning Request form below.

  • Compress rubbish using your hands or feet as you could accidentally puncture your skin

  • Litter pick alongside A and B roads. If you pick alongside parish lanes always wear hi-vis vests, be aware of traffic and all times and stop picking to let vehicles pass

  • Overfill bags or put heavy items into bags - avoid lifting heavy bags alone

  • Confront anyone you see littering

  • Try to lift bulky or heavy items - please report these to us by completing the online Street Cleaning Request Form below.

Street Cleaning Request Form