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Unions and Leeds City Council continue bin strike talks

Leeds City Council is optimistic that a bin strike, which has been affecting street cleaning and refuse collection services, could be over soon.

Striking refuse collectors have been embroiled in a row over pay and have been on strike since 7 September (see MRW story).

Council leader Richard Brett said the council had made a proposal to workers that he believed was good for staff and the people of Leeds. He said he was optimistic that the strike would end soon.

Meetings are taking place in the city so unions can explain the terms of the proposed packages to workers.

Brett said: I sincerely hope that street scene and refuse collection staff agree, so that we can get back to the business of providing essential services to the people of Leeds.

It goes without saying that the strike is causing a great deal of disruption to services and I thank residents for their patience during what has been a testing time.

Unsion regional organiser Tony Pearson told BBC News: Over the next three days there will be an intensive consultation process. We want to talk to our members about the offers and I am sure they will have a lot to say on the detail of what is proposed.

There is an offer of roughly the same money for an increase in productivity. Whether that is acceptable and achievable is for our members to decide. The council has said this is their final offer, so democracy dictates that we put it to our members.

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