A proposed bin collectors strike in Thurrock has been cancelled, after concerns were raised over "big brother" style cameras. 

The 65 workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s largest union were set to strike after they claimed management refused to listen to their concerns.

The strikes were due to begin at 00:01 on Thursday 12 April and there would have been further 48 hour strikes beginning on Thursday 19 April and Thursday 26 April.

The workforce’s greatest concern involves the council’s installation of new cameras on refuse lorries which livestream 360 degree pictures directly to the manager’s desk.

Unite has compared the new cameras to reality TV shows and the dystopian regime in George Orwell’s novel, 1984.

But now, the council have come to an agreement with Unite, and the April strike has been called off.

A Thurrock Council spokesman said: "After coming to agreement with Thurrock Council, strike action proposed by Unite during the month of April has been called off.

"This is great news for our residents, as it means that their waste service will now not be disrupted. 

"The council met with Unite again yesterday, as part of the ongoing discussions.

"We addressed misunderstandings and clarified our intended usage of the cameras with Unite and the Council's position on their use has not changed since the start. 

"We are pleased that Unite's understanding of the position is now clear and that we can continue to provide these important services to our residents. 

"All our officers are valued by the council and we are pleased to have a reached this agreement."