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Bin strike called off as union has talks

A bin strike has been averted after a union and a council agreed to hold further talks.

Fears that Dublin's streets could be full of rubbish by the weekend were alleviated last night, with both sides agreeing to an interim peace deal.

However, the row between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Siptu will continue to rage.

The union threatened to bring bin collectors out on strike tomorrow unless the council reversed privatisation plans.

Up to 18,000 householders would have been left without a service this week, with the strike likely to spread to the capital's three other council areas.

But following negotiations at the Labour Relations Court, the county council agreed to defer signing contracts with private operator Panda.

A strike would have seen rubbish piling up in the streets during the Festival of World Culture, which attracts 200,000.