A union leader has called for a senior Birmingham City Council official to step down in the wake of a bin worker dispute over cost-cutting plans to restructure rubbish collections.
Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said the time had come for council bosses to honour an Acas deal which offered compromise.
He was speaking after a High Court judge spoke of an "extraordinary" and "astonishing" state of affairs at the Labour-controlled council as bin workers halted industrial action staged over redundancy plans.
Mr Justice Fraser said large amounts of rubbish had accumulated on the streets of Birmingham after refuse collectors took industrial action and that the dispute had led to the creation of a "schism" between councillors and council officers.
The judge raised concern as he ruled on the latest stage of a High Court dispute between the council and leaders of the Unite union following a hearing in London.
He said plans to make bin workers redundant should be shelved until the case had been analysed at a trial scheduled for November.
Union leaders also agreed to halt industrial action pending the outcome of that trial.
Mr Beckett said chief executive Stella Manzie should step down. He added:
A spokesman for the Labour-controlled council said:
Robert Alden, leader of the council's Conservative group, said: