Birmingham bin strike

'No overnight fix' for Birmingham's bin woes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

The councillor in charge of Birmingham's bin collections said there was "no overnight fix" after it was revealed last week that rubbish in the city was still going uncollected.

John O'Shea admitted that up to 900 collections were missed every day and told a council meeting on Tuesday that he was "under no illusions the service is not delivering".

Rats roam as hundreds of Birmingham bins go uncollected

"The problems are quite serious and need to be resolved," he said, explaining that there were lingering problems regarding routes and structures after workers changed from a five-day week to four.

However he said he was "confident they will be resolved and we will make the service better".

Refuse collections in Birmingham have been disrupted twice since a strike in 2017 about the changes to working patterns.

Rats roam as hundreds of Birmingham bins go uncollected
Birmingham City Council has admitted up to 900 bin collections are being missed every day.

Birmingham bins boss resigns after three months

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A councillor's stepping down from being in charge of Birmingham's bins after three months in the role.

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Councillor Brett O'Reilly's confirmed he'll stand down as cabinet member in charge of waste and recycling at the Labour group's AGM this weekend.

A strike this year saw a series of walkouts start in February over "secret payments" made to non-striking GMB staff after a dispute in 2017.

In March, the city council said it had agreed to pay £3,500 to each worker, resolving the dispute.

Mr O'Reilly took on the role in February but said he is leaving to spend more time with his family - however he still intends to continue as councillor for the Longbridge and West Heath Ward.

Bin strike all but over as £3,500 union deal agreed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

Bin collections in Birmingham should return to normal on Monday after city council leaders approved settlements for striking refuse collectors.

Most will get £3,500 each, to bring to an end the dispute over claims of council payments made to GMB members who did not strike in 2017.

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The dispute, which has been going on since 29 December, has cost the council at least £5.8m including the costs of the settlements, legal fees and paying for agency staff to provide cover.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: "Unite is pleased that it has been able to reach agreement with the council to finally bring an end to this lengthy dispute.

"By standing together, our members have secured an excellent settlement and ended the injustice that they had been subject to."

Talks to be held to end to bin dispute

Talks will be held later to discuss an agreement that could bring an end to the bin strike in Birmingham.

Striking bin workers
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Workers began a series of walkouts over "secret payments" made to non-striking GMB staff after a dispute in 2017.

Unite and Unison recently backed proposals that go before the council's cabinet on Friday, in which workers would receive payments of £3,500.

The latest strikes and industrial action have cost the council more than £5.8m, a report says.

Bin dispute set to cost council £5.8m

Recent industrial action by bin workers in Birmingham is set to cost the council a total of £5.8m, a report shows.

Unite and Unison workers started a series of walkouts over claims of secret payments made to non-striking GMB staff after a dispute in 2017.

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Strike action has now been called off after an offer, worth about £3,500 for some workers, was accepted by unions.

The offer is set to be discussed by councillors at a cabinet meeting on Friday.

The council report says the cost of contingency arrangements to cover periods of industrial action had cost it £2.6m, along with £1.7m in the proposed settlement with Unison and Unite workers and legal costs of £1.4m.

The original row in 2017 was triggered by council attempts to save £5m a year through "modernising" the refuse service.

Call for 'radical' shake-up of Birmingham's bin service

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A councillor says there needs to be a "radical" change to the refuse service in Birmingham, after two strikes in as many years.

At Friday's cabinet meeting, Councillor Jon Hunt said the current service was unsustainable.

He proposed to split the service into three contracts centred around the three largest council depots.

He argued that, in doing so, the council would "no longer be held hostage" by the unions.

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At the meeting, it was confirmed improved settlements worth £3,500 were to be made to striking workers.

Unite said today its members had unanimously agreed to the terms of the offer and the strike action is off for this week.