Burnley MP heads out to work on his own bin day

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: BIN JOB MP Gordon Birtwistle set for a shift with refuse collectors BIN JOB MP Gordon Birtwistle set for a shift with refuse collectors

AN MP is determined to prove a union boss is talking rubbish – by spending a day on the bins in Burnley.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, challenged over-65 MPs to go out with refuse collectors for a day, amid protests over the prospect of the retirement age being raised.

Gordon Birtwistle is thought to be the only Parliamentarian to have taken Mr Prentis at his word and he is now preparing for his round on Thursday next week.

Mr Birtwistle, 68, said he would have to undergo training next Tuesday with council contractors Veolia before he dons a high-visibility jacket and heads out.

He added: “I was doing triathlons until I was 61 and I’m going to have some training before I can work on the bins.

“Mr Prentis made the challenge at the end of February and I don’t think anyone else has taken him up on it yet.

“I just hope that the people in Burnley will be generous to me while I’m on my round.”

Formerly as council leader the MP has praised the work of Veolia, which has held the borough’s household waste contract for several years.

And he is more than accustomed to tramping the streets, either as a ward councillor or canvassing before elections.

The MP is considering seeking sponsorship, in aid of prostate cancer charities.

Mr Prentis said: “It is refreshing to find an MP willing to see for himself what a tough job working on the bins is. We have not had many, if any, takers-up until now.

“It will drive home the message that government plans to raise the retirement age will mean some people will be forced to work until they drop.”

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6:53pm Fri 23 Mar 12

switchedon says...

So Mr Birtwistle is going on training first and will then do one day . What a joke ! The bins are not as hard as they used to be but the men are out in all weathers all week not just one day . Mr Birtwistle is one of those lucky enough to have kept good healt up to 61 . Many are not ! And the real reason is most people working till 67 will not live much longer . A guaranteed way to save money on pensions while making sure there are millions for immigrants and asylum seekers that have never put a bean into the country and most never will.
So Mr Birtwistle is going on training first and will then do one day . What a joke ! The bins are not as hard as they used to be but the men are out in all weathers all week not just one day . Mr Birtwistle is one of those lucky enough to have kept good healt up to 61 . Many are not ! And the real reason is most people working till 67 will not live much longer . A guaranteed way to save money on pensions while making sure there are millions for immigrants and asylum seekers that have never put a bean into the country and most never will. switchedon
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7:26pm Fri 23 Mar 12

GAC says...

haha what a joke, maybe he should have done this in december or mid october when you end up walking about soaked to the skin all day.
haha what a joke, maybe he should have done this in december or mid october when you end up walking about soaked to the skin all day. GAC
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8:14pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Malthus says...

switchedon wrote:
So Mr Birtwistle is going on training first and will then do one day . What a joke ! The bins are not as hard as they used to be but the men are out in all weathers all week not just one day . Mr Birtwistle is one of those lucky enough to have kept good healt up to 61 . Many are not ! And the real reason is most people working till 67 will not live much longer . A guaranteed way to save money on pensions while making sure there are millions for immigrants and asylum seekers that have never put a bean into the country and most never will.
The reason Mr Birtwistle has his good health is because he has never done a repetitive manual job year in year out. I am also certain that the round he will get will be in an area where the majority recycle and there will probably be an high percentage of elderly folk who have hardly anything in their bins due to being small households.
[quote][p][bold]switchedon[/bold] wrote: So Mr Birtwistle is going on training first and will then do one day . What a joke ! The bins are not as hard as they used to be but the men are out in all weathers all week not just one day . Mr Birtwistle is one of those lucky enough to have kept good healt up to 61 . Many are not ! And the real reason is most people working till 67 will not live much longer . A guaranteed way to save money on pensions while making sure there are millions for immigrants and asylum seekers that have never put a bean into the country and most never will.[/p][/quote]The reason Mr Birtwistle has his good health is because he has never done a repetitive manual job year in year out. I am also certain that the round he will get will be in an area where the majority recycle and there will probably be an high percentage of elderly folk who have hardly anything in their bins due to being small households. Malthus
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8:38pm Fri 23 Mar 12

icannotrace says...

Malthus wrote:
switchedon wrote:
So Mr Birtwistle is going on training first and will then do one day . What a joke ! The bins are not as hard as they used to be but the men are out in all weathers all week not just one day . Mr Birtwistle is one of those lucky enough to have kept good healt up to 61 . Many are not ! And the real reason is most people working till 67 will not live much longer . A guaranteed way to save money on pensions while making sure there are millions for immigrants and asylum seekers that have never put a bean into the country and most never will.
The reason Mr Birtwistle has his good health is because he has never done a repetitive manual job year in year out. I am also certain that the round he will get will be in an area where the majority recycle and there will probably be an high percentage of elderly folk who have hardly anything in their bins due to being small households.
Regardless of the weather, the round, his fitness etc. at least he's taking up the challenge and having a go. You lot would complain and find fault in anything. Why not have a go yourselves rather than whinging and whining. You can't do right for doing wrong can you?
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]switchedon[/bold] wrote: So Mr Birtwistle is going on training first and will then do one day . What a joke ! The bins are not as hard as they used to be but the men are out in all weathers all week not just one day . Mr Birtwistle is one of those lucky enough to have kept good healt up to 61 . Many are not ! And the real reason is most people working till 67 will not live much longer . A guaranteed way to save money on pensions while making sure there are millions for immigrants and asylum seekers that have never put a bean into the country and most never will.[/p][/quote]The reason Mr Birtwistle has his good health is because he has never done a repetitive manual job year in year out. I am also certain that the round he will get will be in an area where the majority recycle and there will probably be an high percentage of elderly folk who have hardly anything in their bins due to being small households.[/p][/quote]Regardless of the weather, the round, his fitness etc. at least he's taking up the challenge and having a go. You lot would complain and find fault in anything. Why not have a go yourselves rather than whinging and whining. You can't do right for doing wrong can you? icannotrace
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8:38pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Send him up Daneshouse & Stoneyholme. The rubbish there is just emptied onto the streets.
Send him up Daneshouse & Stoneyholme. The rubbish there is just emptied onto the streets. Cha'mone MF
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9:13pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Dickiepayshey says...

I'm neither from Burnley nor a LibDem supporter but full marks to Mr Birtwistle !!
I wonder how many of his detractors on here would 'give it a go' for a day.

I agree with Cha'mone though.
Daneshouse and Stoneyholme would perhaps be an eye-opener for him. It was for me on a recent visit to the Borough.
I'm neither from Burnley nor a LibDem supporter but full marks to Mr Birtwistle !! I wonder how many of his detractors on here would 'give it a go' for a day. I agree with Cha'mone though. Daneshouse and Stoneyholme would perhaps be an eye-opener for him. It was for me on a recent visit to the Borough. Dickiepayshey
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9:35pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Interocitor says...

He might as well throw our NHS in the bin while he's at it. After all, he and his party have gone along with the controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

We won't forgive or forget. Enjoy it while you can, Birtwistle, because you and your party have sold out on every principle you ever held - you are political mercenaries.
He might as well throw our NHS in the bin while he's at it. After all, he and his party have gone along with the controversial Health and Social Care Bill. We won't forgive or forget. Enjoy it while you can, Birtwistle, because you and your party have sold out on every principle you ever held - you are political mercenaries. Interocitor
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9:43pm Fri 23 Mar 12

psch says...

Whatva t*****r come round our way and I'll put you where s**t like you belong - in the back of the wagon
Whatva t*****r come round our way and I'll put you where s**t like you belong - in the back of the wagon psch
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9:50pm Fri 23 Mar 12

DaveBurnley says...

Interocitor wrote:
He might as well throw our NHS in the bin while he's at it. After all, he and his party have gone along with the controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

We won't forgive or forget. Enjoy it while you can, Birtwistle, because you and your party have sold out on every principle you ever held - you are political mercenaries.
Unlike NuLabour of course, oh hang on, which party was in charge at National, County and Local level when our A&E was taken away from us?
[quote][p][bold]Interocitor[/bold] wrote: He might as well throw our NHS in the bin while he's at it. After all, he and his party have gone along with the controversial Health and Social Care Bill. We won't forgive or forget. Enjoy it while you can, Birtwistle, because you and your party have sold out on every principle you ever held - you are political mercenaries.[/p][/quote]Unlike NuLabour of course, oh hang on, which party was in charge at National, County and Local level when our A&E was taken away from us? DaveBurnley
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9:55pm Fri 23 Mar 12

GAC says...

icannotrace, Dickiepayshey

i have done the job on off for 13 years via agencies and now i cant do it as iv messed up my right leg, and thanks to the way agencies and councils use them rather than have perminant staff iv had sod all in return apart from min wage.

so il have a go at any councilor doing half a day on a easy round where it will be used as a pr photo op rather than a full days work.
icannotrace, Dickiepayshey i have done the job on off for 13 years via agencies and now i cant do it as iv messed up my right leg, and thanks to the way agencies and councils use them rather than have perminant staff iv had sod all in return apart from min wage. so il have a go at any councilor doing half a day on a easy round where it will be used as a pr photo op rather than a full days work. GAC
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10:03pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Interocitor says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
Interocitor wrote: He might as well throw our NHS in the bin while he's at it. After all, he and his party have gone along with the controversial Health and Social Care Bill. We won't forgive or forget. Enjoy it while you can, Birtwistle, because you and your party have sold out on every principle you ever held - you are political mercenaries.
Unlike NuLabour of course, oh hang on, which party was in charge at National, County and Local level when our A&E was taken away from us?
Oh aye. I was also one of their biggest critics on here as I'm certainly no fan of New Labour or whatever they are called.
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Interocitor[/bold] wrote: He might as well throw our NHS in the bin while he's at it. After all, he and his party have gone along with the controversial Health and Social Care Bill. We won't forgive or forget. Enjoy it while you can, Birtwistle, because you and your party have sold out on every principle you ever held - you are political mercenaries.[/p][/quote]Unlike NuLabour of course, oh hang on, which party was in charge at National, County and Local level when our A&E was taken away from us?[/p][/quote]Oh aye. I was also one of their biggest critics on here as I'm certainly no fan of New Labour or whatever they are called. Interocitor
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10:14pm Fri 23 Mar 12

bankhall says...

I wonder how many of his detractors on here would 'give it a go' for a day.maybe because we are trying to earn a living in a job where we cant fiddle the exes or just take a day off to **** about the the parasite birtie
I wonder how many of his detractors on here would 'give it a go' for a day.maybe because we are trying to earn a living in a job where we cant fiddle the exes or just take a day off to **** about the the parasite birtie bankhall
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10:24pm Fri 23 Mar 12

ToffeeGuy says...

Always useful to have something to fall back when he is voted out at the next election.
Always useful to have something to fall back when he is voted out at the next election. ToffeeGuy
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8:32am Sat 24 Mar 12

nelsonborn&bred says...

good on him for taking up the challenge .But he will be on a easy round and at this time of year nice weather .
i use to to do this job in pendle and i started when it was still on black bags thats when it was really hard graft when the wheely bins were introduced it caused a lot of physical injuries due to having to walk backwards pulling the weight of the bin over cobbles and un even back streets 1 day is easy let him do it for a couple of weeks and then lets see how he feels working like a horse for minimum wage !
good on him for taking up the challenge .But he will be on a easy round and at this time of year nice weather . i use to to do this job in pendle and i started when it was still on black bags thats when it was really hard graft when the wheely bins were introduced it caused a lot of physical injuries due to having to walk backwards pulling the weight of the bin over cobbles and un even back streets 1 day is easy let him do it for a couple of weeks and then lets see how he feels working like a horse for minimum wage ! nelsonborn&bred
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1:09pm Sun 25 Mar 12

ste.g says...

nelsonborn&bred wrote:
good on him for taking up the challenge .But he will be on a easy round and at this time of year nice weather .
i use to to do this job in pendle and i started when it was still on black bags thats when it was really hard graft when the wheely bins were introduced it caused a lot of physical injuries due to having to walk backwards pulling the weight of the bin over cobbles and un even back streets 1 day is easy let him do it for a couple of weeks and then lets see how he feels working like a horse for minimum wage !
him do it for a couple of weeks and then lets see how he feels working like a horse for minimum wage !

just like everyone else then
[quote][p][bold]nelsonborn&bred[/bold] wrote: good on him for taking up the challenge .But he will be on a easy round and at this time of year nice weather . i use to to do this job in pendle and i started when it was still on black bags thats when it was really hard graft when the wheely bins were introduced it caused a lot of physical injuries due to having to walk backwards pulling the weight of the bin over cobbles and un even back streets 1 day is easy let him do it for a couple of weeks and then lets see how he feels working like a horse for minimum wage ![/p][/quote]him do it for a couple of weeks and then lets see how he feels working like a horse for minimum wage ! just like everyone else then ste.g
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10:56pm Sun 25 Mar 12

Craig Simpson says...

He wants to watch his 'ticker' at his age, otherwise his 'fat pension' (denied others) won't be so fat when spread thinly throughout those left behind. It galls me when folk like him pontificate to others from an elevated position such as his.........Whilst a lot of 'his' constituents have to live on the edge of POVERTY !
He wants to watch his 'ticker' at his age, otherwise his 'fat pension' (denied others) won't be so fat when spread thinly throughout those left behind. It galls me when folk like him pontificate to others from an elevated position such as his.........Whilst a lot of 'his' constituents have to live on the edge of POVERTY ! Craig Simpson
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11:40am Tue 27 Mar 12

L1882 says...

I'd prefer it if he actually delivered on his promises - such as fighting for our local hospital which has seen more services transferred since he came into office, as opposed to the return of some as he had promised to fight for. The man is a waste of space self publicist and he better not bother knocking on my door at the next election
I'd prefer it if he actually delivered on his promises - such as fighting for our local hospital which has seen more services transferred since he came into office, as opposed to the return of some as he had promised to fight for. The man is a waste of space self publicist and he better not bother knocking on my door at the next election L1882
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9:41pm Tue 27 Mar 12

DaveBurnley says...

L1882 wrote:
I'd prefer it if he actually delivered on his promises - such as fighting for our local hospital which has seen more services transferred since he came into office, as opposed to the return of some as he had promised to fight for. The man is a waste of space self publicist and he better not bother knocking on my door at the next election
Which of course never happened under the Utopian rule of NuLab did it?
[quote][p][bold]L1882[/bold] wrote: I'd prefer it if he actually delivered on his promises - such as fighting for our local hospital which has seen more services transferred since he came into office, as opposed to the return of some as he had promised to fight for. The man is a waste of space self publicist and he better not bother knocking on my door at the next election[/p][/quote]Which of course never happened under the Utopian rule of NuLab did it? DaveBurnley
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