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BREAKING: Refuse workers vote to continue bin strike

9 out of 10 refuse workers have voted to continue strike action. Photo: ITV News Central

Refuse workers in Birmingham have agreed to continue strike action.

Trade union Unite say an overwhelming 92.4% voted in favour of extending industrial action, a move which could see bins go uncollected beyond Christmas.

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Meanwhile in London, trade union Unite is currently bringing a High Court bid to block the 113 bin workers from losing their jobs.

The hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice is against the background of an ongoing strike over proposals for reorganising the city's waste collection services.

The union is arguing that the council's actions are unlawful and breach an agreement reached through Acas.

Birmingham city council can be under no illusion of the determination of the city’s refuse workers to secure the Acas deal agreed between Unite and the council.

As this overwhelming result demonstrates, Unite members are prepared for the long haul and to take strike action up to the end of the year.

This is not a step they want to take and one that will not be needed if the council honours the Acas agreement that was made in good faith.

Our members want to get back to work and serve the people and households of Birmingham, but are determined for a just outcome.

We would urge the council to reflect on this overwhelming vote, honour the Acas agreement and end the misery its dishonourable actions are inflicting on the good people of Birmingham."

– Unite Assistant General Secretary Howard Beckett