STRIKE action at Huddersfield’s recycling centres has been called off.

Workers and managers at the sites run by SITA have reached a settlement over alleged bullying and disciplinary issues.

The deal, confirmed last night, means that industrial action planned by recycling workers in Kirklees has been called off.

A day of industrial action planned for Monday has been cancelled after a compromise agreement was reached between SITA and the union, UNITE.

A previous strike last month saw pickets out at recycling centres including Hillhouse, Meltham and Upper Cumberworth.

The cause of the dispute centred on allegations by union members over the way in which SITA UK conducted disciplinary procedures, allegations that the company refuted.

The union wanted independent advisors to sit in on disciplinary hearings.

But the company termed that an unreasonable demand that would contrast with procedures that have proven fair and acceptable amongst employees elsewhere in the company.

Now a compromise deal has been hammered out.

Union officials will be present at disciplinary investigations where appropriate and officials from the conciliatory service ACAS will be invited to observe and review the disciplinary process at Kirklees for a period of six months.

SITA managers are also to meet with UNITE to discuss and review any disciplinary outcomes that the union may not be satisfied with for a period of six months.

SITA UK General Manager, John Grainger said: “Throughout this period our concern has been for the welfare of our staff and to maintain the delivery of waste and recycling services to homes in Kirklees.

“We are pleased that UNITE has accepted the terms of our compromise agreement and that we have reached an amicable conclusion to this dispute.”

A union spokesman said the deal had been accepted and any further action planned by members had been put off.