Bin strikes resume in Birmingham after talks fall apart

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Bin workers in Birmingham have resumed strike action after a deal between the city council and Unite the union fell apart.

A seven-week strike was suspended on 16 August following talks with reconciliation service Acas.

Yet a council report said the deal struck by Unite and the council was unaffordable and redundancy notices to certain grade three workers will be issued.

The Unite union has now warned that action could continue until the end of 2017.

Howard Beckett, Unite assistant general secretary, said: “Since the agreement was reached council officers have sought to undermine Birmingham council’s democratically elected leader with their attempts to unpick an agreement that sees compromise on all sides.

“Their agenda appears to have one mission and one mission only. Not the safety or interests of Birmingham’s residents, but a desire to prolong industrial action and see rubbish return to the streets of Birmingham."

The council has apologised to residents for any inconvenience caused and expressed its wishes to continue ongoing discussions "with trades unions through Acas in parallel with seeking alternative jobs for the Grade 3s affected by redundancy".

The initial strike began in June as a result of the the city council's proposals to update the refuse service.

Unite the union claimed the council's restructuring threatened the jobs of more than 120 staff yet the council argued this would modernise the service and save £5m a year.

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