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:
Acas can confirm that an agreement was reached between Birmingham City Council and Unite the Union on the 15th August 2017, following discussions at Acas.
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:
An agreement in principle was reached but, as we made clear at the time, this did not reflect the council’s position until these matters could be considered formally by Cabinet at a Committee Meeting.
Our reporter Andy Bevan has been following the story: