City chiefs plan further talks over bin row

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COUNCIL chiefs are to get back round the table with trade union leaders after bin men chose to reject a proposal that could have seen the 14-month bin dispute ended.

It is understood that officials from the city council intend to speak with leaders from the Unite union at the earliest opportunity, following the decision to reject the "future state" proposals.

City leaders admitted today that they were "disappointed" that the offer was not accepted. The ballot took place last week at the council's Powderhall depot, with 84 per cent of the 153 workers that took part choosing to reject the proposals.

The industrial action first started at the end of June 2009, with an unofficial work-to-rule being launched, which became an official industrial action around one month later.

Council leader Jenny Dawe said: "It was the best possible offer in the circumstances and I'm very disappointed that the staff haven't seen that."