THE judge in today’s High Court hearing over bin strikes in Warrington has been unable to reach a decision.

Warrington Borough Council v Unite the Union took place this afternoon before The Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The case was listed for 12pm and was presided over by Mrs Justice Eady.

The ruling could see the end to bin strikes in the town which have now been ongoing since early October.

It could see staff forced to go back to work.

However today, Mrs Justice Eady was unable to reach a decision.

A council spokesperson has revealed that a decision is expected by the end of the week.

The current industrial action, which is currently in its fourth wave, will end on December 4.

But a new round could then be called until Christmas Eve.

A council spokesperson previously said: "We have again asked Unite for the strikes to be cancelled immediately, but at this point, the decision has been taken by their members to continue.

"We are also aware that Unite has stated its intention to conduct another period of strike action from December 5 until December 24.

"It is therefore more important than ever that we continue to pursue legal action to stop any further strikes.”

Unite said it will not stand back from defending its members, whether that be in the court, the workplace, or on the picket line.

It says the best way going forward is for the council to get back round the negotiating table.

The Warrington Guardian has contacted the union for a comment following today’s hearing.