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Bin collectors in Torbay threaten strike

A union is preparing to ballot bin collectors in Torbay over industrial action.

It follows the rejection of an appeal against a job review which means the workers, who earn about £14,000 a year, are facing cuts of up to £900 a year.

The review, intended to give equal pay for equal work, means a salary shake-up for 1,300 of 3,800 staff.

The council said it was optimistic continuing talks could prevent industrial action.

The union members have asked the GMB union to prepare for a ballot.

Stuart Fegan, from the GMB union, told BBC News: "The men are keen to explore all options.

"We have got some way to go and there has been overwhelming support from the public."

A council spokesman said it would look at the issues raised by employees.

It wanted to sign a collective agreement with the unions and talks were continuing.

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