Stirling council strike called off for talks

Stirling Council building The council has said it needs to find savings of £24m

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Staff at Stirling Council have called off industrial action which was set to take place from Monday.

The two-week bin collection strike was suspended after the council and unions agreed to re-enter discussions over terms and conditions.

A meeting between the council and the GMB, Ucatt, Unison and Unite unions will be held on Monday.

A joint statement said the action had been suspended to allow for negotiations.

The dispute has centred on the council's plans for a 0.5% pay cut across all pay grades and an additional hour of work per week.

A revised offer which included a guarantee to restore the pay cut, and implement a national 1% pay rise, at a future date was rejected by the unions earlier this month.

The unions said the changes did not address the key issues of working more hours and changes to terms and conditions.

The council has said the changes are necessary as it needs to make savings of £24m due to a real terms cut in the funding it receives from the Scottish government.

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