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Birmingham bin men to strike

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Bin collectors in Birmingham are to strike over pay cuts worth more than £4,000 a year in some cases, according to the union representing them.

Unite members have voted for industrial action over the row after Birmingham City Council announced that it would be withdrawing an enhancement package which may break equality rules.

A 24-hour overtime ban and work-to-rule is to take place on Friday, followed by a 24-hour strike the following Monday.

Unite’s regional secretary for the West Midlands, Gerard Coyne, said: “The blame for this dispute lies squarely with the Tory controlled Birmingham City Council.”

The union had previously warned that the enhancement had not been equality-proofed and its suggestions for alternatives had been ignored, Mr Coyne said.

“Now the council are removing the payments for the reasons we warned them about but won’t explore alternatives,” he said. “Our members are losing £4,000 a year and have no choice but to take strike action until this Tory council negotiates properly with the unions.”

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