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Bin strikes in Birmingham

Collections are expected to be disrupted today because of a row over conditions. Credit: ITV News Central

Bin collections in Birmingham are expected to be disrupted today because of a strike by refuse collectors and street cleaners.

Around sixty members of the Unite Union are refusing to work overtime this week and will also stop working for four hours today.

Workers are unhappy over new terms and conditions, as well as the way council is using agency staff, rather than employing people permanently.

Birmingham City Council have said they have held talks with representatives from Unite, but have not been able to reach an agreement over terms and conditions for staff.

"We expect there will be some disruption to services. Residents are asked to put our their refuse and recycling as usual. If it is not collected, we would ask that people take any uncollected bags, boxes and bins back onto their properties, and to present them again when their next scheduled collection is due (one week's time for refuse and two weeks' time for recycling).

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to reassure residents we are doing everything possible to resolve the issues relating to the dispute."

– Birmingham City Council spokesperson

Further strike action is expected to take place this Friday (15 August).

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