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
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.
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
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.
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
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.’
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.’