Refuse left uncollected for weeks as union claims Labour-run council’s restructuring plans threaten jobs of 120 staff

Piles of rotting waste are filling the streets of the UK’s second biggest city, as a strike by Birmingham’s refuse collectors runs into its second month.

An industrial dispute between unions and Birmingham city council over proposed working conditions in its waste and refuse service has left bins uncollected for weeks. Striking refuge collectors began a series of one- and two-hour stoppages on 30 June, which has resulted in a backlog of uncollected waste.

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