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Leeds' bin strike talks continue

Representatives from trade unions and Leeds City Council are in talks to try to reach an agreement on how to end a five week old strike which is currently affecting refuse collection and street cleaning services across Leeds.

The unions are arguing over pay cuts of up to a potential £6,000 for refuse workers due to take place in February 2010 (see MRW story).

Leeds City Council councillor Richard Brett said: These exploratory talks appear to be going well and that is good news. However, I recognise that there is still a lot to be worked out and our negotiations shouldnt be rushed.

GMB senior organiser Neil Derrick said: We are committed to continuing negotiations and we believe there is a solution to be found to this dispute. We are not there yet but we will continue to explore both sides proposals over the days ahead.

Unison regional organiser Tony Pearson added: There are a number of options available to end this strike and were happy to listen to what the council has to say. But there is a lot of detail to discuss if were to reach an agreement.

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