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Suez and Unite agree end to pay dispute

A strike planned by members of the Unite union in Doncaster over a pay dispute has been called off.

A deal has been agreed between the union and Suez, which delivers household collections in the borough, on the eve of a planned walkout.

A statement on the council’s website said: ”This excellent news means the proposed strikes have been called off and it is business as usual for our waste collection services.”

Two five-day strikes had been threatened, with the unions rejecting a previous offer and claiming the deal would reduce overtime payments. Suez denied that.

Nick Browning, general manager for municipal operations at Suez, said strike action, the first of which was planned to start on 23 August, had been avoided and “it will be business as usual”.

“In addition to securing a pay award for 2017, the long-term deal struck yesterday also sets in place a sustainable pay mechanism for up to 10 years, linked to the cost of living. This was designed to be fair and provide certainty to all parties moving forward,” he said.

“We would like to thank the residents of Doncaster for their patience and understanding while these negotiations have been ongoing.”

The deal comes days after a truce was agreed in Birmingham in a bin dispute which attracted national media attention.

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