Birmingham council workers suspend strikes as fresh talks agreed

Unions have suspended a series of strikes planned for today after bosses at Birmingham City Council agreed to a fresh round of talks over pay restructuring plans.

A first 24-hour strike took place at the start of the month, after the council decided to impose new contracts on over 20,000 staff.

More than 10% of the council’s 41,000 employees will face a wage cut under terms of the proposed contract.

Unions will conduct a series of new meetings with council representatives over the next few weeks in the hope of preventing further industrial action.

Steve Murphy, the regional secretary for Ucatt Midlands, said: “Thankfully Birmingham council bosses have seen sense and are willing to hold talks.

“Why they couldn’t do this months ago is a mystery. It is essential that this matter is resolved in the next fortnight and the council does not use the offer of talks as a delaying tactic.”

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