Pay row leaves 75,000 Liverpool wheelie bins unemptied

Wheelie bins in Liverpool Image copyright Liverpool City Council
Image caption Work has begun to clear the backlog after the pay row was settled

Thousands of homes on Merseyside have had their wheelie bins left unemptied after refuse collectors took industrial action over a pay dispute.

Streets in Liverpool were affected after salary negotiations between staff and waste collection firm Amey broke down.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said 75,000 bins were not collected on time during the work-to-rule protest.

The GMB union said the dispute, which started last week, is now resolved.

GMB organiser George Patterson said: "The pay side of things has been agreed and the company has agreed to hold a weekly meeting to thrash out any other issues staff may have."

Mr Patterson said staff would now work hard to clear the backlog.

A spokesman for Amey, which works on behalf of Liverpool City Council, apologised for the disruption.

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