Glasgow looking set to follow Edinburgh with bins dispute

GLASGOW is looking set to follow Edinburgh – with its bin collections, recycling centres and street cleaning facing disruption by strike action.

Strike action in Edinburgh began on Thursday and isn’t due to end until a week tomorrow. At the height of the Edinburgh International Festival, many of the capital’s streets are already awash with litter.

Says an announcement on the Glasgow City Council website, here: “We have been notified by trade unions representing council cleansing staff of their intention to take strike action.

“The strike is in response to on-going, national pay negotiations being managed by [the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities] on behalf of all Scottish local authorities.

“The strike action will take place in two stages, with the first strike due to start on Wednesday, August 24 and finish on Thursday, September 1. The second stage of industrial action will begin on Wednesday, September 7 and finish on Saturday, September 10.”

Last Tuesday, The City of Edinburgh Council advised, here: “It is anticipated that all bin collections and street cleaning will be affected. The city’s three recycling centres will be closed and bulky uplift and flytipping services will also be paused as a result of the action.”

Other local authorities look as it they are going to be similarly affected.

Pictured: Day five of the 12 day-long Edinburgh dispute, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland