“Chaotic” “disgusting” and “disappointing” - just some of the words used by council tax payers to describe the saga that was, and technically still is, the Birmingham bins dispute.
Refuse collection workers began strike action in June over a planned change to their pay and working conditions.
Birmingham City Council said it faced “significant financial challenges” and needed to modernise its waste management service.
Unite the union claimed its workers would face potential wage cuts of up to £3000 a year.
The seven-week dispute was put on hold after an apparent agreement was struck at Acas between Unite and the then Council Leader, John Clancy.
But that deal proved unworkable and more than 100 workers were sent redundancy notices. The workers immediately returned to the picket lines.
John Clancy then resigned and the row over redundancy notices was taken to High Court.
At the High Court the judge called the dispute “extraordinary” and Unite won a stay on the redundancies, pending a trial which is due to begin on Monday.
The trial will examine if Birmingham City Council acted lawfully in sending out the redundancy notices.
In the meantime, the council’s deputy leader, Ian Ward, has been elected as the new leader, the refuse workers have returned to work and bin collections have been carrying on as normal.
The city council's Cabinet will be updated on the latest position around 11:00 today (24 November).