Bin collectors in Glasgow plan strike that could turn city into ‘dump’ during Cop26 climate summit

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Bin collectors in Glasgow plan week-long strike that could turn the city into ‘giant rubbish dump’ during Cop26 climate summit

  • Bin strike threatens to turn Glasow into ‘dump’ during climate change summit
  • 1,500 refuse and cleaning staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1 
  • GMB union rejected £850-a-year pay increase and are calling for a £2,000 rise


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A bin strike threatens to turn Glasgow into a ‘giant rubbish dump’ during the Cop26 climate change summit.

Around 1,500 refuse and cleaning staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1, at the start of the international gathering.

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The GMB union has given the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) until Monday to table an improved pay offer. 

A bin strike in Glasow (pictured) threatens to turn the city into a 'giant rubbish dump' during the Cop26 climate change summit as staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1

A bin strike in Glasow (pictured) threatens to turn the city into a ‘giant rubbish dump’ during the Cop26 climate change summit as staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1

Rail workers have also voted ‘overwhelmingly’ to take industrial action during Cop26 amid a pay dispute with ScotRail.

Fears are growing that the city will be paralysed by transport turmoil and blighted by uncollected rubbish at a time when it will be at the centre of global attention.

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One local authority insider said: ‘We could be in a situation where the city is turned into a giant rubbish dump –just as it’s on show to the world.’ 

GMB bosses have rejected an £850-a-year pay increase for staff earning up to £25,000 and are calling for a £2,000 rise. 

Around 1,500 refuse and cleaning staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1, after the GMB union rejected £850-a-year pay increase and are calling for a £2,000 rise. Pictured: Street artists paint a mural on a wall in Glasgow

Around 1,500 refuse and cleaning staff are planning a week-long strike from November 1, after the GMB union rejected £850-a-year pay increase and are calling for a £2,000 rise. Pictured: Street artists paint a mural on a wall in Glasgow

Senior organiser Drew Duffy said: ‘If strike action is to be avoided, then a significantly improved offer must be brought forward to give our key workers proper value.’

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Glasgow City Council asked the union to reconsider its actions. A spokesman said: ‘These are national, rather than local, pay negotiations and it is difficult to understand why this step has been taken while those negotiations remain ongoing.

‘Cop26 will undoubtedly be a busy and difficult time for the city and its residents. We urge them to think again about the timing of this.’

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