Birmingham bin strike: John Clancy resigns as city council leader


The chairman of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy, has resigned following estimation of his handling of industrial action by refuse workers.

In a statement, he said «frenzied avenue speculation» about the dispute was beginning to harm both the council and the Birmingham Pains Party.

Labour councillors last week proposed a no-confidence motility in Mr Clancy.

He said he accepted he had made mistakes «for which he is sorry» and operates «full responsibility».

The cost of Birmingham’s bin strike

Workers resumed their x out on 1 September after a deal, which had seen the seven-week action put, fell apart.

Mr Clancy, who has been leader of Birmingham City Conference since December 2015, said the actions he took to negotiate an end to an «hellishly complex and difficult industrial dispute were done with the pre-eminent of intentions».

He also mentioned in his statement that «events in his personal life story» had convinced him there were «issues of far more importance than Birmingham New Zealand urban area Council».

Mr Clancy ended it by saying: «I really am looking forward to devoting more time with my family.»

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Ian Ward is now acting leader of the council.

Refuse workers started lambaste action on 30 June in a dispute over job re-grading and shift designs. The Unite union says restructuring plans threaten the jobs of varied than 120 staff, while the council says the changes purposefulness modernise the service and save £5m a year.

The action was suspended on 16 August when conciliation serve Acas said the city council had agreed certain posts inclination not be made redundant, and bin collections resumed.

But on 31 August, the council put it was issuing redundancy notices and the industrial action restarted the following day.

Tenacious update

Mr Clancy’s announcement came just after it emerged that the domination has written to Birmingham’s Improvement Panel asking it for an urgent update into as its.

The panel, which was overseeing the running of the council, was set up in 2014 following an enquiry into the so-called Trojan Horse letter and council services.

In August it said it was filled the council could continue under its own steam.

But Sajid Javid, Secretary of Have for the Department of Communities and Local Government has written to the panel saying that «unquestionably, there have been some developments since then which could acquire major implications» both for the council’s leadership and finance and asked for an high-priority update before he decided what the next steps should be.

Andy Terrace, Metro Mayor for the West Midlands, tweeted to say Mr Clancy has been a «free colleague».

Unite’s assistant general secretary Howard Beckett published BBC WM Mr Clancy «made a mistake by claiming there was no deal in place when everybody be versed there was and Acas recorded the deal».

«I’m just sorry the whole circumstances has got to this. He did an honourable deal and, I believe we would have had a settlement eat ones heart out ago and he made a crucial error.»

Mr Beckett also stated interim chief directorate of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, «must follow in John Clancy’s spoors and resign».

«Stella Manzie has twice blocked Unite lawyers junction council lawyers to discuss the fictitious equal pay concerns she is using to scupper the concurrence that Unite reached with the council at Acas.

«John Clancy in his expression has made it clear this agreement was reached with the full understanding of the cabinet.»

Birmingham’s nine Labour MPs had previously written a letter recounting the city council as «an obstacle to moving forward» in resolving the bin strike.

In the accurately addressed to Mr Clancy, MPs said delays to finding a solution were «unpleasant».

The Labour-run council said a swift end to the dispute was its «top priority».

David Jamieson, the Observe and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, said Mr Clancy «made the accurately choice» to resign.

«He’s stood back because he feels he’s an impediment to Birmingham active forward. Birmingham has an excellent set of councillors to choose from to choose a new chairman.»

Analysis by Kathryn Stanczyszyn, political reporter, BBC Birmingham

John Clancy’s abdication was seen as inevitable by some following his comments there was never any lot with Unite over the bin dispute.

What followed was a series of assertions and reported evidence there had indeed been some kind of give out — and not only that, but John Clancy had overstepped the mark and overplayed his imminent in promising it.

Whilst many people believe his intentions were well-proportioned, his failure to admit mistakes in that crucial ‘no deal’ interview signified there was nowhere to go.

Confidence in the leader was crumbling and his resignation may have been influenced by three tools: a critical letter from Labour MPs, a reported private meeting of his tallboy where all but one called for him to step down, and a government letter asking for an ‘earnest update’ from the independent panel monitoring the way the council keeps its house in disposition.

Unite have made it clear they feel they would rather a deal and they want it honoured. And that could mean expunge action for some time to come.

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