Unite union in bid to stop Birmingham bin workers losing jobs

Trade union Unite is bringing a High Court bid to block 113 bin workers losing their jobs in Birmingham.

The hearing in London before Mr Justice Fraser is against the background of an ongoing strike over proposals for reorganising the city's waste collection services.

The union is seeking an interim injunction restraining Birmingham City Council from dismissing grade three "leading hands", referred to in court as middle grade waste collection supervisors, pending a full legal challenge over the legality of the council's actions.

The Unite general secretary Len McCluskey. Credit: PA

The redundancy notices were due to take effect on October 1, but the council has agreed to extend the deadline to October 4.

Last week a judge heard that the bin workers were under serious time pressures to decide whether, if the legal challenge fails, to take lower grade jobs, seek other grade three employment or apply for employment outside the local authority.

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

Unite's members are currently striking for a total of three hours a day. Credit: ITV News Central

Unite's members are currently striking for a total of three hours a day.

Workers are also returning to the depot for all lunch and tea breaks in line with Birmingham Council's hygiene policy.

A council spokesman has said: