THE bin strike stalemate in Warrington is set to continue with the borough council now writing to the UNITE Union through solicitors, calling for it to be cancelled.
While the council is saying the strike action is unlawful the Union insists an agreed national pay award is for minium standards and that local authorities can agree on better standards.
A spokesperson for the borough council said: “We have been taking legal advice around the previous and current bin strikes, on the basis that Unite’s dispute has been because of the national pay award, which was settled on 1 November.
“We have always said that further strike action has been an unnecessary and disproportionate measure given the resolution of the 2023/24 pay award negotiations. We have now written to Unite, through our Solicitors, to ask for immediate confirmation that their continuing strike action will be cancelled. We have set out the basis of why this should be so.
“As always, our established and formal channels for all of our recognised Trade Unions remain open for any local issues to be raised and discussed.
But a Union spokesperson responded: “The national bargaining agreement for local government sets out minimum standards but local authorities can agree better terms and conditions for workers if they wish to do so.”
⚠️ Bin strike update ⚠️
We have been taking legal advice around the previous and current bin strikes, on the basis that Unite’s dispute has been because of the national pay award, which was settled on 1 November. pic.twitter.com/IufE5nRGzw
— Warrington Borough Council (@WarringtonBC) November 15, 2023