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Birmingham's bin strike is off

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Birmingham's bin collections are to resume whilst talks between the city council and Unite the union continue.

The dispute between Birmingham City Council and refuse workers is over pay and working conditions.

Birmingham City Council cabinet members have agreed that the grade 3 posts will be maintained. Consequently there are no redundancy steps in place.

One resident celebrated 50 days since his rubbish was collected Credit: @outinbrum

Unite and Birmingham City Council will now look to discuss how the service can be improved and what savings can be made.

Unite have also agreed to recommend changes to the working patterns of their members, including the consideration of a 5 day working week.

The rubbish has been building up since strike action started seven weeks ago Credit: @WeebiesMommy

Refuse workers have been striking for seven weeks and the council has had to bring in freelance crews, costing £40,000 a day, to clear a backlog of unemptied bins.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said:

I know this news will be greatly welcomed by the people of Birmingham as they look forward to their bins being collected again on a regular and seamless basis. I would like to thank them for their understanding over recent weeks.

Unite will suspend the current round of industrial action that was due to run until 21 September to create a conducive climate for the talks to proceed smoothly. Our members will be working normally.

– Unite, Howard Beckett

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