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Edinburgh refuse collectors reject Edinburgh proposals

Edinburgh refuse collectors have overwhelmingly rejected council proposals over pay reform.

They were balloted on Edinburgh City Council's offer to make some longer term changes in shift patterns and a re-routing of collection rounds.

The capital's refuse collectors have been in dispute with the local authority since June 2009.

They have been working-to-rule over pay reform proposals which they claim would lower their wages.

An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said: "We had hoped that even at this late hour that it might be possible to implement the efficiency changes by agreement with the trade union.

"It is disappointing that, once again, this has not been possible.

"However these changes and improvements will still need to be implemented, given the very challenging financial pressures facing all parts of the council."

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