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Council workers suspend planned strikes

Bin collectors in Birmingham have suspended strike action after it was announced union bargaining will take place.

18 November 2011

The prospect of union bargaining has resulted in strikes by bin collectors in Birmingham being suspended.

Professionals working for the council in this sector were planning to take industrial action regarding potential changes to their pay and contractual conditions from today (November 18th) until next Monday.

However, their union - GMB, which has around 610,000 members - has announced this has now been called off for a period of eight weeks while talks with the local authority go on.

In a statement, the council noted: "This will allow for a further period of consultation to take place regarding the implementation of a future operating model.

Despite this breakthrough of sorts, the union indicated that the city's bin collectors will still take to the picket line for the nationwide strike action over pensions scheduled for November 30th.

Furthermore, the Birmingham Mail reported that the suspension of today's industrial action could be lifted at seven days' notice if the negotiations do not go well.

Posted by Ron Maverick

Source - BBC and Birmingham Mail, November 17th 

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