Bristol binmen will strike from Wednesday
Binmen will go ahead with an all-out strike from Wednesday.
But it was not a unanimous decision and some workers were threatened by their colleagues when they went back to work.
Police were called to Sita's depot in Hartcliffe on Monday to stop the situation escalating.
Members of the binmen's union Unite voted to reject an offer of arbitration.
It means the full-blown strike will go ahead as planned from Wednesday.
Bristol City Council has already drafted in replacement workers from the South East who will continue with collections in the city.
Some streets in Bristol have not had their wheelie bins emptied for a month.
Binmen are fighting for a pay rise from their employer French company Sita.
The company has offered a 2.75 per cent wage rise but the workers want more, citing Sita's profit of £17million for the year ending 2007.
More than 100 refuse collectors and admin staff have been drafted in from the South East to empty wheelie bins and collect food waste but this is about half of the number of Bristol binmen going on strike.
Bristol city councillor Gary Hopkins, executive member for the environment, said Sita had agreed to arbitration on Wednesday last week but Unite members narrowly rejected the offer.
He said: "Outside staff have been drafted in by Sita and a number of local workers who don't want to be on strike have returned to work.
"There has been involvement by the police at a depot in Hartcliffe. Things were thrown at people and threats were made. Clearly that's not a good situation.
"I understand that about 40 per cent voted to go back to work and accept arbitration but I don't know in what terms it was put to them and the way things are presented can be quite influential."
Councillor Hopkins was meeting senior managers from Sita, council and trade union officials yesterday afternoon to discuss the dispute.
Sita workers have held five one-day strikes since May 22 in the row over pay and the offer of a 2.75 per cent increase.
They say they should get a pay rise above 2.75 per cent, owed to them from November when inflation was about 4.5 per cent and cost of living was much higher.
But Sita management says 2.75 per cent is a fair offer in the current economic climate.
Councillor Hopkins said bins were being emptied and urged residents to leave their bins out on the usual day.
If a collection was not made bins should be left out for emptying the next day.
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