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Bin strike staff briefed on offer

Rubbish bins
The strike has led to overflowing bins in some parts of the city

Striking refuse collectors and street cleaners in Leeds who are embroiled in a row over pay are receiving details of offers made by the city council.

Meetings are taking place in the city so shop stewards can explain the terms of the proposed packages to workers.

Unions said the deal for bin collectors involved roughly the same pay, but increased productivity rates.

Workers are expected to vote on whether to formally accept the offers at a mass meeting in Leeds on Wednesday.

Refuse workers and street cleaning staff have been on strike in the city since 7 September. They walked out in a row over proposed pay cuts.

The council has brought in private contractors to collect rubbish during the strike.

The deal was put on the table after a series of talks between the authority and the GMB and Unison unions.

'Intensive consultation'

Leeds City Council leader Richard Brett said he believed the proposal was good for staff and the people of the city.

A GMB spokesman said its shop stewards at Leeds City Council had "serious reservations" about the offer, but the ultimate decision lay in the hands of the workers.

Unison regional organiser Tony Pearson said: "Over the next three days there will be an intensive consultation process.

"We want to talk to our members about the offers and I am sure they will have a lot to say on the detail of what is proposed.

"There is an offer of roughly the same money for an increase in productivity. Whether that is acceptable and achievable is for our members to decide.

"The council has said this is their final offer, so democracy dictates that we put it to our members."



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