The Unite union has announced that they are suspended tomorrow’s strike action (Friday 8th March) as a possible deal tabled today is mulled over by Birmingham City Council’s cabinet.

The action has been suspended to allow the cabinet to consider the ‘heads of settlement agreement’ which has been drawn up between union and council representatives to be considered by cabinet.

If cabinet members agree to the deal – the first agreement during this action that meets the union’s expectations to be put on the table – the industrial action over ‘blacklisting’ and ‘secret payments’ will be over.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “The heads of settlement is a real breakthrough in negotiations.

“For the first time there is a deal on the table which meets Unite’s members expectations, it is now imperative that Birmingham council’s cabinet signs up to the deal.

“I am sure that Birmingham residents will be keeping their fingers crossed that the cabinet does the right thing and this long running dispute is finally brought to a close.”

Since the dispute started there have been three days of strike action. An overtime ban and a work to rule have been in place since the end of December 2018.

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