Cllr Richard Brett, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“Our position on negotiations is very clear and the unions know this. We are happy to talk to them at any stage on the basis that the unions end their strike, however they continue to take this action. We won’t hold negotiations whilst they are striking.
“We continually held meetings with the unions right up until the strike was called and we still have 18 months of pay protection to run, so I do not understand why the unions are persisting with this action.
“We feel we had put forward some legitimate proposals, in line with equal pay legislation, around modernisation and ways to mitigate the pay loss for some workers yet the unions continued to walk away from these negotiations.”