TORONTO — The City of Toronto says it’s hopeful its new contract offer will end a strike by civic workers that has garbage bags piling up around the city.

 

In a release, the city says it tabled a fair and affordable offer on Thursday.

 

But while the city says it wants an end to the strike it cannot “simply agree to everything that the unions have requested.”

 

The strike by about 24,000 inside and outside workers has halted garbage pickup and a host of other city services since June 22.

A key issue for workers is pay for unused sick days, a benefit the city said it can no longer afford.

The city says its new offer proposes a partial payout of current accumulated sick leave banks based on years of service.

Comment from the union was not immediately available.