THE High Court action being taken by Warrington Borough Council in a bid to end the ongoing bin strike has today been adjourned, with the judge unable to reach a conclusion.
It follows the council and the Unite Union being unable to agree terms on local working conditions for the striking binmen, who recently extended their ongoing strike action until Christmas Eve.
Announcing the High Court action last week, Warrington Borough Council Chief Executive Steven Broomhead told council members the High Court action would cost circa £50,000.
Meanwhile, the Unite Union have told the borough council the threat of legal action is a waste of time and money, urging the council to engage over local working conditions meaningfully.
A national pay award worth £1,950 a year has already been agreed and a verbal agreement was reached on local working conditions, but according to the Union not backed up in writing.
They have accused the council of “dither and delay.”
Meanwhile, many local residents have expressed their frustrations with the ongoing bin strike as piles of rubbish are mounting around the town. Local tips have also been hectic, adding to mounting frustrations and anger.
Our case was heard in the High Court today, Tuesday 28 November. The Judge was unable to reach a conclusion today – but we hope to have a decision by the end of the week. We will keep you updated. pic.twitter.com/zEey5CcfDy
— Warrington Borough Council (@WarringtonBC) November 28, 2023