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Unions to discuss Mid Ulster pay offer following four weeks of industrial action

Bin collections across the Mid Ulster Council area have been impacted by recent industrial action following a pay dispute.
Paul Ainsworth

INDUSTRIAL action that has affected services in the Mid Ulster District Council area could end as unions prepared to discuss a new pay offer with members.

Thousands of homes have had bin collections disrupted over the past four weeks due to a dispute over pay that led to action by members of the Unite, GMB and Nipsa unions.

A new offer to staff members by the council would see them move up pay scales by two points over two years, while they would also receive a one-off cost-of-living payment of £750.

A council spokesperson said they expect all services to resume by tomorrow.

"The council and trade unions have welcomed the outcome of the constructive discussions, jointly acknowledging the importance of ongoing positive engagement," they added.

A Nipsa spokesperson said last night the union "is now consulting on the proposal with members".

Meanwhile, residents of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area have been advised that ongoing industrial action by members of the three unions could affect bin collection services from this week.

It follows a pay dispute that has led union members to begin four weeks of action that saw staff take to picket lines on Monday.

A council spokesperson said residents should continue to put bins out for collection, but added: "If bins are not emptied on their normal collection day, residents are asked to take their bins back in from the kerbside. This means crews have not been able to operate the service in their area."

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