Now school cleaners and cooks join garbage collectors and ScotRail staff on strike DAYS before COP in Glasgow
Now school cleaners and cooks along with garbage collectors and ScotRail staff are on strike in Glasgow, just DAYS before world leaders come to town for the COP26 climate summit
- School cleaners, cooks voted to unionize over ongoing wage dispute
- Strike comes days before COP26 climate summit, taking place in Glasgow
- Garbage collectors and ScotRail staff also go on strike during COP26, starting next month
School cleaners and cooks will join the garbage collectors and ScotRail workers on strike in Glasgow just days before world leaders come to the city for the COP26 climate summit.
Cleaners and support staff from schools that are members of the GMB union voted for industrial action that could disrupt next month’s climate summit.
A total of 1,500 Glasgow City Council employees in the waste, cleaning, school concierge and catering sectors could be on strike due to an ongoing wage dispute, with 96.9 percent of ballots returned supporting union action.
GMB members rejected a £850 a year increase for staff earning up to £25,000 a year from the local government umbrella body Cosla, with the union – along with Unison and Unite – all calling for a £2,000 pay rise.
Cosla said negotiations are underway.
School cleaners and cooks join the garbage collectors and ScotRail workers on strike in Glasgow just days before world leaders come to the city for the COP26 climate summit
Glasgow’s garbage collectors are also on strike over a wage dispute and have demanded that conditions be improved by their national employer.
Residents say they have been forced to watch their sidewalks pile up higher with garbage bags bursting at the seams and gutters filling with litter amid the ongoing dispute.
Photos show the stark reality that every corner of Scotland’s second city has been littered with rubbish, illegal dumping and overflowing bins in recent months.
Garbage collectors have warned of an impending health and safety disaster – pointing to the growing risk of Weil’s disease, which can be transmitted to humans through rat urine.
Residents say they have been forced to watch their sidewalks pile up higher with bin bags bursting at the seams and gutters filling with litter amid ongoing dispute
Photos show stark reality that every corner of Scotland’s second city has been littered with rubbish, illegal dumping and overflowing bins for the past month
GMB Glasgow organizer Chris Mitchell said: ‘Over the past 18 months during this horrific pandemic, essential services across Scotland have been held together by an army of low paid workers.
“We were called key workers, even Covid heroes, but while politicians were happy to cheer us on on Thursday night, they never put their hands in their pockets to pay us decently.
“The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow at COP26, and our politicians now have a choice – will they fairly reward the frontline workers who have helped the country through the pandemic, or will they risk the city and country suffering a devastating crisis? embarrassment on the international stage?
‘The message that our members have sent with this vote is clear. We stand up for what we deserve, and we believe the people will stand behind us.’
The call for industrial action comes after Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken was criticized for saying the city needs ‘doing’ before the COP26 conference.
Her comments received a backlash from politicians and members of the public who claimed she had “no contact” with the city.
A Cosla spokesperson said: ‘We appreciate all that local government workers have done and continue to do to support people and communities during the pandemic and as we begin to recover.
“We will continue with ongoing, constructive negotiations.”
Rail workers will also go on strike during COP26, the RMT union confirmed on Thursday, over a separate dispute over wages and conditions.
ScotRail staff will go on strike from Monday 1 November to Friday 12 November.
The Caledonian Sleeper staff will be holding two 24-hour strikes: one from 11:59 a.m. on Sunday, October 31 and one on Thursday, November 11, also from 11:59 a.m.
Rail workers will also go on strike during COP26, the RMT union confirmed on Thursday, over a separate dispute over wages and conditions. ScotRail employees are on strike from Monday 1 November to Friday 12 November