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Agreement reached in refuse collector pay dispute

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 August 2019

The dispute between Newham Council and Unite has been resolved. Picture: Ken Mears

The dispute between Newham Council and Unite has been resolved. Picture: Ken Mears

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Proposed strike action by refuse collectors has been called off.

Members of the Unite union had been in a dispute with Newham Council over pay and terms and conditions.

It had led the union to announce a strike from Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 5 but this was suspended pending further negotiations.

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Now, after talks at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), an agreement has been reached and any future strike action called off.

The agreement will see lorry loaders receive a one-off payment to settle a pay dispute, and the council has committed to review terms and conditions of employment for the service.

Newham Council chief executive Althea Loderick said: "I am very pleased that Newham Council and Unite have been able to come to this joint agreement which avoids the risk of strike action."

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab added: "Our members were prepared to act collectively and to stand by each other to reach a mutually acceptable outcome."

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