WIRRAL binmen have called off a planned strike which was due to go ahead later this week.

Unite union confirmed that Biffa workers will not be staging a walkout after the company put forward revised proposals.

The union held a mass meeting with members on Tuesday morning where it was agreed industrial action would not now take place.

Unite official Brian Nelson said the threat of compulsory redundancies had been lifted following talks with Biffa last Friday.

He said: “We held a meeting with members to discuss the revised proposals from Biffa.

“They voted there will be no industrial action taking place as there will be no threat of compulsory redundancies. Job cuts were the main concern for the workers.”

Around 90% of those balloted had previously voted to strike over concerns of redundancies and budget cuts.

Unite had also called on Wirral MPs to stop the borough being engulfed by a “tidal wave of filth” which they claimed would result from service reductions.

They said £1m of cuts will mean some street cleaning services presently carried out on a daily basis will now become weekly.

The town hall cut funding as part of a programme to reduce spending by £109m over the next three years. The council has declined to comment on the matter.

Biffa Municipal director Roger Edwards said: “Naturally, we are very pleased that union members have responded positively to our productive talks with Unite’s representatives.

"This means there will be no  disruption to our normal efficient services for residents, which is pleasing for all concerned.”