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HGV drivers in charge of emptying bins and removing waste in Brighton have ended almost two weeks of strike action after agreeing an improved pay deal.

The dispute, which led to piles of waste on the streets, was resolved after the GMB union and the council agreed unilateral round changes and a pay increase for drivers.

The union said 30 more days of scheduled strikes have now been cancelled.

Gary Palmer, GMB regional organiser, said: “We are very proud of GMB members for standing up for themselves to win their own respect and fair treatment.

“They have also had amazing public support, despite the inconvenience the people of Brighton and Hove have had to put up with.”

A council spokesman said: “The significant and generous pay deal will benefit some of the lowest paid staff across the whole council as well as the Cityclean service and recognises their immense daily contribution to the city and vital support during the pandemic.”