Acas says an agreement was reached between the council and union over the bin dispute

The arbitration service Acas has taken the unusual step of clarifying its position in the war of words between Birmingham City Council and the union representing the city's striking bin men.

Industrial action resumed yesterday after the Council issued redundancy letters to 106 refuse collectors.

Their union, Unite, said the Council was going back on an agreement reached at Acas to protect all of the workers jobs.

The Council Leader has said he never made any such agreement.

In a statement Acas said this afternoon:

You can see the press release Acas is referring to here.

Councillor John Clancy, the leader of Birmingham City Council, put a video on Twitter yesterday, arguing that a deal was never struck with the union Unite.

A council spokesperson has said:

Our reporter Andy Bevan has been following the story: