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

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

  • Bin strike threatens to turn Glasow into ‘landfill’ during climate summit
  • 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers plan a week-long strike from November 1
  • The GMB union rejected the £850-a-year pay increase and is calling for a £2,000 increase










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

Some 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers are planning a weeklong strike from November 1 at the start of the international meeting.

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

A garbage strike in Glasow (pictured) threatens to turn the city into a ‘giant garbage dump’ during the Cop26 summit on climate change as staff plans a week-long strike from November 1.

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

Fears are growing that the city will be paralyzed by transportation turmoil and devastated by uncollected trash at a time when it will be the center of global attention.

A local government insider said: “We could be in a situation where the city turns into a giant garbage dump, just as it is shown to the world.”

GMB bosses have rejected a £850 a year pay increase for staff earning up to £25,000 and are asking for a £2,000 raise.

About 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers are planning a week-long strike from November 1, after the GMB union rejected a £850-a-year pay raise and demanded a £2,000 raise.  Pictured: Street artists paint a mural on a wall in Glasgow

About 1,500 garbage and cleaning workers are planning a week-long strike from November 1, after the GMB union rejected a £850-a-year pay raise and demanded a £2,000 raise. Pictured: Street artists paint a mural on a wall in Glasgow

Senior organizer Drew Duffy said: ‘If strike action is to be avoided, a significantly improved offer must be made to give our key employees the right value.’

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

‘Cop26 will undoubtedly be a busy and difficult time for the city and its inhabitants. We urge them to reconsider the timing of this.”

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