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Birmingham bin dispute ends

THE long-running Birmingham waste collection dispute ended after the city council approved an agreement with Unite the union today.

The bin collection dispute involving more than 300 refuse workers saw the council making secret payments to other workers who did not take part in the 2017 strike.

As part of the agreement all Unite members who were balloted for industrial action in 2017 will receive £3,500.

All workers who claimed they were blacklisted by having holiday requests refused during the current dispute will receive £500.

Birmingham City Council has also agreed to cease using “mop up crews” without a qualified waste reduction collections officer on board and to hold a recruitment day so that agency staff can apply for permanent in-house positions.

Unite’s High Court case concerning the council’s breach of the memorandum of understanding which ended the 2017 dispute will be terminated as part of the pact.

The union’s assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Unite is pleased that it has been able to reach agreement with the council to finally bring an end to this lengthy dispute.
 
“By standing together our members have secured an excellent settlement and ended the injustice that they had been subject to.

“Their success demonstrates what can be achieved when workers are united.”

 

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