Agency staff are working alongside CityClean binmen and street cleaners in Brighton and Hove to clear a backlog of rubbish.
Brighton and Hove City Council said that extra workers would also be tackling the piles of rubbish at the weekend too.
The council issued a joint statement with the GMB union.
It said that after a series of talks between representatives of both sides, a proposal had been made that enabled industrial action to be temporarily suspended.
The talks focused on the council’s proposed changes to the allowances currently paid to staff.
It added: “The latest proposal made by the council includes a service redesign which will be to the benefit of residents of the city.
“This will allow the union to consult its members as to whether they accept the proposal by a postal ballot.”
Mark Turner, GMB branch secretary, said: “We have made significant progress over recent days.
“The proposal significantly reduces or in some cases eliminates the losses for individual staff members which arose under the previous offer. However, there are still some areas that must be addressed.
“I will be continuing to meet with the council regarding these aspects of the proposal.
“For their part, the council have committed to confirm to each staff member how the revised proposal will affect them on an individual basis.
“When this detailed information is received we will then conduct a postal ballot of our members to ask them whether they accept or reject the changes.
“In the interim I can confirm that we have suspended our industrial action, for a period of 28 days, to allow this process to take place.”
“It is good for the residents and good for the city.
“I am really pleased that already the Cityclean workforce are back and working hard and fast to clear up the city.
“We are more than half way through a consultation period on an allowances system for staff across the council which is fair, consistent and affordable.
“We are aiming for an October implementation.
“Talks are continuing with both unions to this end.”
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