Strike action over pay by refuse workers at Birmingham City Council has been called off following two days of intensive talks.
Refuse workers were scheduled to strike for two half-days today and tomorrow (13 and 14 January) but the joint trades unions have agreed to suspend the strikes and work to rule.
A statement from Birmingham council said: “Talks are continuing with a view to reaching a successful conclusion to the dispute, subject to agreement by both sides and a membership vote.”
The action follows calls from GMB union for local authorities to continue to improve recycling rates in order to avoid costly landfill tax. GMB national secretary Brian Strutton said: “Unless councils make a concerted effort to improve recycling rates the landfill tax bill is set to rise by around £670 million per annum taking the total cost of landfill to over £3 billion per annum. As things stand, those households under the poorest performing councils will carry the brunt of that. The message is that improving recycling is not only right for the environment but it will save money off council tax.”