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Bin strike 'back on' as 100 workers sent redundancy notices

ITV understands the bin strike could be back on. Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham's bin strike is almost certain to be back on tomorrow.

ITV News Central has learned that redundancy notices have been sent out tonight to more than 100 Grade 3 Leading Hands, telling them that their jobs in Waste Management are being cut.

An agreement to put the seven-week dispute on hold had been reached by their union Unite and Council Leader John Clancy and was due to come into force tomorrow, if agreed by the Council cabinet.

Tonight however, that Cabinet meeting was suddenly cancelled by Stella Manzie, the Council's Interim Chief Executive.

She's also written to the four unions whose workers are employed in Waste Management, confirming the redundancy notices have been sent out.

Unite said earlier today that if the deal fell through their members would resume strike action immediately.

Another union, Unison, whose members work also in Waste Management but have so far not taken industrial action are set to ballot members on joining the strike.

In a joint letter to Birmingham City Council's cabinet, the two unions pleaded with them to save the city from more industrial unrest.

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