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Bin strike on hold as Unite win High Court battle

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Birmingham's bin strike is on hold after the High Court in London ruled in favour of bin workers fighting to save their jobs.

The Unite Union challenged 106 redundancy notices sent out to staff by Birmingham City Council on the 31st August, 2 weeks after a deal was made through ACAS by council leader John Clancy to take the job cuts out of plans to change waste management services.

Mr Justice Fraser today granted the injunction which will stop the workers being made redundant in 14 days time, and has called for a full trial to examine the lawfulness of Birmingham City Council's decision to send out redundancy notices despite a deal being struck to protect the roles on August 15th.

The High Court has heard that Unite will now pause its industrial action, while those jobs are saved for the time being.

It means the strikes are now off, and bin workers will go back to work.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said:

We obviously accept today’s ruling which will mean further consideration by the courts.

The council wants to offer the best possible refuse service for citizens and wants to work with Unite and all the other unions to do this.

We remain committed to resolving the dispute as quickly as possible and we hope Unite will support us in doing this.

– Birmingham City Council spokesperson