BREAKING: Bin row set to be resolved after union talks

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WASTE management firm Veolia has reached an agreement with the union representing its Sheffield binmen - just a week before they were due to go on strike over pay.

The firm and the GMB union - which represents 200 workers in Sheffield - came to terms on an ‘agreed package’ at discussions chaired by arbitration service ACAS this afternoon.

GMB had announced a three-day strike for April 13, 20 and 27, and members this week disrupted services with a ‘work-to-rule’ protest.

But bin collections are now likely to return to normal, and the strike looks to be called off, after GMB agreed terms with Veolia.

The final decision about whether to call off the strike rests with GMB members, who will vote on the package tomorrow morning.

A Veolia spokeswoman said: “Veolia Environmental Services and the GMB are pleased to announce that the outcome of their discussions with ACAS have concluded in an agreed package that GMB are happy to strongly recommend for their members’ acceptance.

“This will be put to the GMB’s membership.”

Peter Davies, GMB Sheffield organiser, said: “We have had very fruitful discussions and the firm has brought a much-improved offer to the table. We will be strongly recommending that our members accept the offer.”

The dispute arose because Veolia staff have not received a pay rise for three years - but say the company has received an annual increase in the fee it gets from the council.

Details of the new package have not been disclosed.