Birmingham's bin collections go back to normal.
...but for how long?
After almost a quarter of a year with irregular and missed collections, Birmingham City Council has announced that waste collections should be back to normal starting from 9th October 2017. The question on everyone's lips is, "for how long?". Residents may have seen in local and national media that the recent strikes by refuse workers was suspended following a High Court ruling which found in favour of the claim made by Unite the Union that former City Council Leader and leader of the Birmingham Labour group Councillor John Clancy had reached a deal with the union at a meeting with ACAS. A deal which Cllr. Clancy later denied. Following the court ruling, the strike was suspended and a full trial is due to take place by mid-November which will further test legal arguments which were made.
What all this means is that Birmingham could see a return to strikes over Christmas if a resolution cannot be reached before then. When speaking about the ongoing issue, Councillor Rob Sealey said, "The residents of Birmingham deserve better than this. We all pay our Council Tax, and a portion of that goes towards the collection of our waste and recycling. The Labour run administration need to address the problem in hand and find a way to actually keep the streets clean and within budget".